Ownership and Practice Operation
The ADA provides technical support to help state dental societies advance their respective policy agendas. This includes regulating the degree to which non-dentists may own and operate (or interfere with the operation of) a dental practice in accordance with state law.
Current Policies (PDF) is the latest published edition of major policies and positions adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
Practice ownership and operation issues that commonly arise at the state level include, among others:
- Reprisals against dentist employees for exercising independent professional judgment or reporting suspected illegal behavior.
- The extent to which a dentist may own or operate his or her practice if and when an impairment should cause a loss of licensure.
- The extent to which a deceased or incapacitated dentist’s surviving spouse, heir(s), or legal representative(s) can maintain ownership of a dental practice during its transition to a new owner.
Dental Society Resources
The ADA Department of State Government Affairs (DSGA) offers resources to help state and local dental societies benefit from the best practices and lessons learned in other states and municipalities.
For additional information or to request assistance, please contact the DSGA at 312.440.2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Learn about legislative and regulatory issues that could affect dentists as practitioners, employers, and consumers.
TAKE ACTION by talking to your legislators.
State Government Affairs
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611