"The American Dental Association opposes interference in the treatment decisions made between doctor and patient," it says in the resolution. "Plans which contain inappropriate and intrusive provisions substitute business decisions for treatment decisions made through a patient-doctor dialogue. Such provisions and practices deny patients their purchased benefits and robs them of their rights as informed consumers of health care."
Resolution 12H-2016 came about when a response was warranted due to member dentists contacting the ADA about managed care agreement-related concerns when interfering with the doctor-patient relationship.
"We plan on sharing this comprehensive policy with the major dental carriers through the National Association of Dental Plans, Delta Dental Plans Association and Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association," Council on Dental Benefit Programs Chairman Dr. Ron Riggins, who proposed the resolution, said. "A lot of these practices aren't going to go away overnight but we want the third-party payers to know we are opposed to the practices and we want members to know we are advocating on their behalf."