Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dr. Michael W. Davis reports on interstate Medicaid dental clinics and the effects on young dentists in this article published in the Fall issue of the New Mexico Dental Journal

Our Junior Colleagues and Interstate Medicaid Clinics
by Michael W. Davis, DDS
(New Mexico Dental Journal Fall 2011 Volume 62, Number 4)

Times are tough for recent dental school graduates.  They can easily accrue a personal debt for school loans in excess of $150,000–$250,000.  This is before even a single dollar is earned in clinical practice.

Medicaid fraud and abuse is big business. It is conducted within a large profitable business model. Fines, penalties and legal settlement are just a small part of the cost of doing business. Individual doctors may be exposed to licensing sanctions, or even civil malpractice legal claims, but the corporates just keep rolling along.

Many of our junior colleagues are basically working as transient laborers.  they may see little immediate hope in getting out of debt, while attempting to raise a young families.  Frequently, working conditions would disgust an OSHA inspector or Peer Review Member.  Unfortunately, many recent graduates need their income too badly, to come forward.

In recent years, interstate Medicaid clinics have come onto the scene.  Their focus is primarily the niche market of underserved Medicaid eligible children. 

They argue that they fill the need of a demographic, which receives little to no dental care.  They would further point out, most private sector dentists will not serve this population.

You may read the full article as published by clicking here.  Don't miss it.

Davis, Michael W. "Our Junior Colleagues and Interstate Medicaid Clinics." New Mexico Dental Journal Fall 2011: 24-28

Michael W. Davis, DDS Bio:

Michael Davis DDSAfter graduating with a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Davis worked as a chemist in clinical toxicology, and later as a biomedical research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital. He continued his education to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Then he served as a dental officer in Oklahoma with the Indian Health Service before opening his private practice in Maine in 1983.

Dr. Davis has achieved national recognition as an expert dental lecturer and author. His current private practice, SMILES OF SANTA FE, has successfully helped hundreds of patients achieve and maintain spectacular smiles and optimal oral health since 2003.

Dr. Davis holds membership in the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the New Mexico Dental Association. His presentations include speaking for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Association of Cosmetic Practices, Cruise and Learn Alaska Seminar, and the International AACD in San Antonio.

As an author, Dr. Davis' articles have appeared in many respected publications, including Dental Economics, Dentistry Today, Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Journal of the American Dental Association and the New Mexico Dental Journal. He also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Davis is involved with the New Mexico Dental Association regarding protecting the public as dental consumers. He serves as current chair person of Santa Fe District Peer Review.

Dr. Davis helped co-author the Joint Position Paper between the New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare and the New Mexico Dental Association on ethics in dental advertising. He has also helped provide dental care to incarcerated juveniles and Indian Pueblo Nations in New Mexico. He is on faculty with Santa Fe Community College's Dental Assisting Program.

Michael Davis DDS
1751 Old Pecos Trail • Suite B • Santa Fe, NM 87505 • 505.988.4448.