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Recruitment Assistance Program

This program provides qualifying dentists a payment in return for three coninuous years of practice in an eligible rural community. Dentists must enter into a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health in order to participate in the program. The amount of tuition reimbursement for a qualifying dentist is equal to twice the current USD school of Medicine's resident tuition for a four-year period. Since South Dakota does not have a dental school, the USD School of Medicine's resident tuition is being used as the basis for reimbursement. The current amount is approximately $140,000.

To be eligible a Dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a Dentist in South Dakota.

  • Agree to practice as a general dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years.

  • Provide services to Medicaid Patients.

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less

  • Have been assessed by the Department of Health and determined to both need and be able to sustain a dentist.

  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total reimbursement payments:

Under 2,500 population - 25%
2,500 - 5,000 population - 50%
Over 5,000 population - 75%

Contact Information

Jacob Parsons, Office of Rural Health
600 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
Email: Jacob.parsons@state.sd.us
Phone: 1-800-738-2301
http://doh.sd.gov/providers/ruralhealth/recruitment-assistance-healthcare-professionals/

 

 

SDDA News

HIPAA Compliance Seminar
 
All health care providers—including dentists—must comply with the HIPAA requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act. The SDDA is offering a seminar that will teach HIPAA requirements for your practice; operational and the administrative safeguards; and, staff compliance. Most importantly the seminar will teach how to prevent a breach of patient information. A breach, whether accidentally or maliciously, could cost you both thousands of dollars and your professional reputation. This seminar is appropriate for the dentist and the office manager or HIPAA compliance officer.
 

The seminar will be offered at the following dates and locations. 

Huron, February 9,  9-11 am

Sioux Falls, February 9,  1-3 pm
Watertown, February 10, 9-11 am

Aberdeen, February 10,  1:30-3:30 pm

Pierre, February 11,   9-11 am

Rapid City, February 11, 2-4 pm (mst)
 

Click here for a printable registration form. 


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