Dental Service Organizations: Pros and Cons for Oral Surgeons* - On Demand Access

This 90-minute webinar will examine the prospects for new and established OMS practitioners joining a Dental Service Organization (DSO). It will include introductory explanations of the DSO structure and delivery process and will discuss what a surgeon should understand when determining whether to practice within the DSO model. Topics will include organizational structures, legal relationship of the provider, clinical care, doctor production, compensation and transition considerations.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Compare an offer to join a DSO with clinical and financial considerations to an offer to join a traditional private practice.
  2. Evaluate the differences between DSO models as well as legal ramifications to the practitioner. 
  3. Review the short- and long-term considerations for transitioning an OMS practice into or out of a DSO. 

An Internet-based CDE Activity
Original Release Date: May 18, 2021
Expiration Date: May 18, 2024
Estimated time to complete this educational activity: 1.5 hours
Method of participation: Self-Study

Joseph W. Gallagher, JD, LLM

Attorney and Consultant, The Health Care Group

Joseph W. Gallagher, JD, LLM, is a shareholder, attorney and consultant with The Health Care Group, Health Care Law Associates, P.C., and Health Care Consulting, Inc. He has represented dental and medical professionals and their practice organizations for more than 25 years on a wide variety of legal and business matters. With specialty representation of oral and maxillofacial surgery practices, he has extensive experience with co-ownership arrangements, practice sales, federal health law and compliance issues, practice valuations and structuring contractual arrangements (such as buy-in and pay-out, practice dispositions, employment agreements, mergers and joint ventures). His areas of expertise include health law and compliance, contracts, taxes and employee benefits. He designs and implements group compensation plans, deferred compensation arrangements and tax-favored retirement plans. He has lectured and written for numerous groups, societies and publications. He is a contributing author on numerous AAOMS-sponsored publications and has been the publisher and editor of On Managing (a monthly newsletter for medical/dental office managers).

Relevant Conflict of Interest Disclosure: No Relevant Conflict of Interest Disclosures were reported.


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3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass
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Dental Service Organizations: Pros and Cons for Oral Surgeons
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1.50 CDE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CDE credits  |  Certificate available