Alaska Dental Society tripartite members enjoy these benefits and more:
- Cellular phone discounts at 20% with ACS Wireless and 18% with AT&T, innovative plans that save member dentists, their spouses and employees money on their cellular phone bills each month;
- Auxiliary Placement services (dental assistants, hygienists and front desk personnel);
- Continuing education lectures offering approximately 15 hours of credit per year toward relicensure;
- Annual Christmas party;
- Professional services, such as Peer Review, a volunteer mechanism established to offer solution to disagreements between patients-dentists-insurance companies that is non-discoverable and outside of litigation;
- Competitive professional liability insurance program;
- Free contract analysis of provider contracts for PPOs and other preferred provider plans;
- Money saving financial services;
- Timely information on today’s pressing issues: infection control, health system reform, and managed care;
- Useful information on consumer attitudes, practice management, and marketing techniques;
- Volunteer opportunities for leadership development and community service;
- Publications including
- The Journal of the American Dental Association, ADA News, ADA Vendor Showcase, ADA Practice Management Newsletter, and the Alaska Dental Society’s monthly newsletter; and
- Toll-free access to the ADA, and
- Connections, the member’s guide to ADA services and programs.
Associate Seeking Position & Buyers looking for a practice
ADS members may log on to the Members Only section to find a list of dentists who are currently seeking a position as an associate or who are interested in buying a practice in Alaska.
Provider Contract Review
As a member of the Alaska Dental Society you're entitled to a free analysis of a third party provider agreement by the American Dental Association's legal staff. Before you sign any provider agreement with a insurance company submit an unsigned version of the agreement to the Alaska Dental Society office with a request for review and analysis. The contract will be carefully reviewed and you will be provided with a clause by clause report, explaining in non-legalistic language just exactly what you or the insurance company are agreeing to do, or not do. No recommendation can be made by the ADA legal staff or the ADS staff, but you will have a clear explanation of what you are signing and will be able to make a much more informed decision.
Update your Employee Office Manual
Is your employee manual up to date?
Whenwas the last time you reviewed your office policies and made sure they reflected the way you want your office to operate?
Do your employees have clear guidelines and specific standards regarding personal appearance when in the office, substance abuse and sexual harrassment as well as personal cell phones and social media?
Do you have clear training guidelines and requirements spelled and acknowledged by all employees?
Do they meet OSHA & HIPAA requirements?
Do all of your employees know what their benefits, such as vacation, sick days, health insurance and dental benefits and retirement plans are?
What are you doing to promote positive office morale?
Do you have employee appreciation days?
Do you offer incentive or bonus programs?
Do your employees understand how performance evaluations are done?
If you need to terminate an employee, are you prepared?
What are you doing to ensure your employees are trained to promote positive patient relations wit special needs patients, pediatric, geriatric and thos "difficult" patients?
When was the last time you and your staff examined safety and security in the office?
Do you have policies for your employees about not only complying with OSHA, but special emergencies and natural disasters?
The ADA is offering a special on developing a customized employee office manual to members between now and March 15th.
You can order the entire kit (binder & CD ROM for $89.95 -- $134.95/non-members) or download specific chapters for $9.95 -- $14.95 non-members)