A monthly update from the South Dakota Dental Association
District Meetings Schedule for Fall
The District Dental Societies will hold meetings on the following dates:
Southern - Saturday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m.
Mitchell - Avera Queen of Peace Hospital
Black Hills – Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
Rapid City – Arrow Head Country Club
Northern – Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Webster – The Galley Restaurant
Southeastern - Friday, October 31, CE at 8:30 a.m./ district meeting during lunch
Sioux Falls - Ramkota Inn
The agenda will vary per district, proposed changes to the Dental Practice Act will be discussed at all district meetings.
Initiated Measure 17 About Patient Choice
This November, South Dakota voters will have an opportunity to vote on Initiated Measure 17. The measure is being pursued by a group of specialty practice doctors and specialty centers in South Dakota. Initiated Measure 17 would change South Dakota's health insurance law, opening health insurance networks with what is commonly referred to as an "any willing provider" law. Any willing provider essentially means that any doctor in the state that is willing to join an insurance company’s network of providers must be let in. For more information visit http://www.sdpatientchoice.org/ or click here.
Practice Act Changes Nearly Complete
The South Dakota Board of Dentistry has been working on a re-write of the South Dakota Dental Practice Act for most of 2014 and has recently completed a draft that they will take to the South Dakota Legislature to be enacted into law. There are several notable changes being made to the Practice Act. The proposed act will have an updated definition of dentistry that is aligned with the American Dental Association’s model definition. Under the proposed new Act the Board will expand its ability to bring disciplinary action against a licensee by defining professional incompetence and expanding what constitutes unprofessional conduct. The proposed Act does not include any material changes to renewal of licenses, continuing education requirements or fees. A draft of the Board's proposed changes can be requested from the Board at:firstname.lastname@example.org.