Who Can Own a Dental Practice? Anyone, in Some States.

A lawsuit recently filed against Aspen Dental Management, Inc. is shining a spotlight on state laws regarding who can, and cannot, own a dental practice.  The allegations of the plaintiffs in the Aspen lawsuit rely heavily on state laws prohibiting non-dentists, such as Aspen Management, from owning dental practices.  Unfortunately for the Aspen plaintiffs, however, these laws are no longer as widespread as they once were or as widespread as the suit alleges.  In some states, including Wisconsin, anyone, including a non-dentist, can own a dental practice.

At one time, the laws of most states prohibited corporations, like Aspen Management, from owning dental or medical practices.  The theory behind these laws was that only a person, not a corporation, could be licensed to practice medicine or dentistry and, therefore,

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Non-Dispensing Dentists Exempt from Wisconsin PDMP, at Least for Now…

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Image courtesy of renjith krishnan freedigitialphotos.net

In early December, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services mailed a brochure to dentists and other health care practitioners summarizing the requirements of Wisconsin’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  In that brochure, the Department stated that all pharmacies and health care practitioners licensed to dispense monitored prescription drugs to patients in Wisconsin, even those Continue reading