Showing posts with label New York Dental Licensing Laws. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Dental Licensing Laws. Show all posts

Saturday, May 10, 2008

New York Kicking Small Smiles To The Curb

May 8, 2008
Steve Flamisch

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General is terminating Small Smiles Dentistry from the state Medicaid program effective May 24, CBS 6 News has learned.

A spokeswoman would not confirm any additional details, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Three former employees and the parents of 82 patients accuse the Colonie children's dentistry clinic of performing rushed and unnecessary procedures on its young patients, all to make money. The ex-employees claim the dentists and other staff members earn lucrative bonuses for achieving certain "production numbers," though the company patently denies that claim.

Government sources confirm that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office is also investigating Small Smiles. Cuomo has the power to bring civil and criminal charges in Medicaid cases, though it remains to be seen whether that will be the case.

The State Education Department, which licenses all dentists in New York, would not confirm an investigation, but did file a subpoena requesting all of the information CBS 6 uncovered. The station is cooperating, and - at the request of the parents - sharing that documentation with other state agencies, as well.

Small Smiles spokesman Don Meyer would not confirm the state's action, nor would he explain how 82 parents had come forward to corroborate allegations the company has dismissed as "baseless." In an email, Meyer said, "I have no additional information to share with you at this time."

Video Interview of Parent Forum

Finally a state has stepped forward and working on putting an end to Small Smiles/FORBA barbaric back alley dentistry and abusing children in the process.

I'm looking for more states to follow New York's lead in the near future. Let all keep our fingers crossed and hope that North Carolina realizes Smile Starters is owned and operated by the same people and kicks Smile Starters to the curb as well.

Ok, let see what states follows New Yorks lead.


On a side note:

Dr. Randall W. Ellis, DDS referred to as reviewing the patient files internally for FORBA's (Small Smiles) is a Professor at (drum roll please...... ) Creighton!! And lives.....(drum roll again)...... Pueblo!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

New York Leave State Vulnerable to Corportate Dental Abuse

§ 6604. Requirements  for  a  license  as  a dentist. To qualify for a
license as a dentist, an applicant shall fulfill the following

(1) Application: file an application with the department;
(2) Education: have received an education, including a doctoral degree
in dentistry, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
(3) Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in
accordance with the commissioner's regulations, provided that such
experience shall consist of satisfactory completion of a
clinically-based postdoctoral general practice or specialty dental
residency program, of at least one year's duration, in a hospital or
dental facility accredited for teaching purposes by a national
accrediting body approved by the department, provided, further
that any such residency program shall include a formal out come
assessment evaluation of the resident's competence to practice
dentistry acceptable to the department;
(4) Examination: pass a written examination satisfactory to the board
and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
(5) Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
(6) Citizenship or immigration status: be a United States citizen or
an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States;
provided, however, that the board of regents may grant a three year
waiver for an alien to practice in an area which has been designated a
federal dental health professions shortage area, except that the board
of regents may grant an additional extension not to exceed six years to
an alien to enable him or her to secure citizenship or permanent
resident status, provided such status is being actively pursued;
(7) Character: be of good moral character as determined by the
department; and
(8) Fees: pay a fee of two hundred twenty dollars to the department
for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial
license, a fee of one hundred fifteen dollars for each reexamination, a
fee of one hundred thirty-five dollars for an initial license for
persons not requiring admission to a department conducted
examination,and a fee of two hundred ten dollars for each triennial