The Texas Coalition of Dental Support Organizations says its members make dental practices more efficient, by taking over tasks such as marketing, scheduling and billing.
Dentists who don't use dental service organizations (DSOs) have asked whether the DSOs might not occasionally cross boundaries and interfere with clinical care.
Dr. Richard Black, a witness who represented the Texas Dental Association -- a professional society for dentists --mentioned DSOs at a Medicaid dental benefits hearing convened by the Texas Public Health Committee in November.
"Non-dentist owned entities provide valuable dental services to many citizens in Texas, including Medicaid patients," Black testified, according to a written version of his remarks posted on the committee website. "These entities have a place in Texas, but they must be held accountable for their activities with dental patients, and the state must have appropriate oversight and resources to properly regulate them."