Proposed Texas Dental Bill Indicates Greater Regulation

Law360, New York (April 19, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT) -- Proposed SB 151 (introduced on Dec. 21, 2012, to the Texas state Senate[1]) would amend Texas state law to require dental service organizations (DSOs) to register with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. For purposes of the bill, a DSO means an entity that is not wholly owned by dentists and that provides various administrative and management services to a dentist under a dental service agreement (or management agreement).

If passed into law, DSOs would also be required to include in their services agreements explicit provisions that would prohibit them from interfering with dentists’ treatment decisions as well as several...

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