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Practice support association affirms commitment to ADA ethics code

January 20, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

Dr. Durbin and Dr. Dufurrena
Dr. Durbin                                                    Dr. Dufurrena
The Association of Dental Support Organizations announced its commitment to the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, an action welcomed and supported by the ADA.

The ADSO, formerly the Dental Group Practice Association, released a joint statement with the ADA endorsing the ethics and practices the ADA promotes. The ADSO is an association that represents organizations that provide nonclinical business support to about 5,000 dental practice locations nationwide. These practices employ more than 8,000 dentists and serve 30 million patients annually.

“In these times of changing practice models, the ADA Code is our foundation of practice and regardless of where or in what setting we practice, the principles of it will be upheld,” said Dr. Mike Durbin, chair of the ADA Council on Membership. “The commitment of the ADSO to the ADA Code and to ADA membership is important for all members as our organization is stronger when we are all committed to practicing ethically and with our patients’ best interests in mind. The public trust of the dental profession depends on adherence to ethical standards and these standards can be upheld regardless of the mode or location of practice.”

Dr. Quinn Dufurrena, executive director of the ADSO, said the group collaborated on this statement in an effort to forge a synergistic relationship with the ADA.

“We want to support the ADA and believe in the ADA’s Code of Ethics, so we wanted to publicly acknowledge our commitment,” Dr. Dufurrena said. “This helps us start the conversation process to really work constructively with the ADA for the benefit of dentistry.”

Dr. Dufurrena said the two organizations will work together to advocate for ideal state legislation that focuses on noninterference with dentists’ clinical decisions in dental practices.

“The statement sends a message that all dentists are welcome to be members of the ADA and that we are accepting of these new and diverse practice models,” Dr. Durbin said.

“The ADA’s Members First 2020 Strategic Plan is designed to help all members succeed and the ADA is developing resources and programs that address the needs of all dentists, regardless of their choice of practice.”