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MARCH 2014 CONTENTS • TDA Smiles Foundation Healthy Smiles Golf Classic • DENPAC • President’s Statement • Meet the Staff - Billy Callis, TDA Smiles Foundation • Member Spotlight AVAILABLE ON TDA.ORG The Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association May 1-4, 2014 • San Antonio, TX dentistry doesn’t stand still… Our profession is constantly evolving to better meet the needs of both patients and practitioners. The TDA continues to support the growing demand of continuing education to keep our members informed on the latest scientific research, tools, techniques, and business practices. • TDA Perks VOLUME 15, ISSUE 3 - Rene Rosas, DDS • TSBDE Rule Update March Texas Dental Journal 2013 Financial Report, 2015 Proposed Budget Whether your goal is to meet state licensure requirements, add a new treatment option, or expand your practice, the TEXAS Meeting has a continuing education program that supports the entire team. Join us in San Antonio, May 1-4, 2014, for the 144th Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association, The TEXAS Meeting. REGISTER TODAY — Avoid additional onsite fees and receive your materials in advance, by registering before April 3, 2014. Hands-on workshops have limited space, so secure your seat today! HOTEL RESERVATIONS — We are excited to partner with the Grand Hyatt San Antonio as the TDA Headquarters Hotel, conveniently located adjacent to the convention center. Take advantage of TDA special hotel rates at some of the most beautiful hotels in downtown San Antonio. Don’t delay booking your hotel room, the April 9, 2014, deadline is quickly approaching. ONE-STOP SHOPPING — The 2014 exhibit hall promises to be the biggest and best ever. Take advantage of special pricing on the latest supplies and services to enhance your practice, and receive 1 hour of CE credit when you visit the exhibit hall. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio! Around the State April 4-5 Board of Directors Austin Please visit to register and book your hotel accommodations. The TEXAS Meeting I MAY 1-4, 2014 I Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center I San Antonio, TX TSBDE Rules for Relocating Offices May 1-4 TDA Annual Session San Antonio Q: I am going to relocate my office in the next few months. Which TSBDE guidelines do I need to follow as far as sending notifications to all of my patients? May 9 Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Austin A: The Texas Dental Board rule relating to patient abandonment provides that a dentist shall not abandon a dental patient without reasonable cause (22 Texas Administrative Code § 108.5). While presumably a dentist who is relocating does not intend to discontinue treatment of current patients, to ensure that patients are able to continue treatment with the dentist after the relocation, the dentist should notify all current patients of the relocation. In order to comply with the patient abandonment rule when relocating an office, a dentist should give any patient who is currently being treated by the dentist written notice of the relocation a reasonable time before the relocation occurs. The notice should include the effective date of the relocation, the new address, and the new phone number (if applicable). The notice should be either hand-delivered to the patient or sent certified mail, with the dentist retaining a copy of the notice in the patient’s file along with proof of service. Using your smart phone, scan this QR code to access the TDA Today on A relocating dentist should also remember that the Dental Practice Act requires a dentist to notify the Board of any change of address of the person’s place of business, any change of employer, and a change of mailing address. This notification must be made not later than the 60th day after the date the change occurs (Texas Occupations Code § 256.105; 22 Texas Administrative Code § 108.10). A change of address form is available on the TSBDE website ( A relocating dentist should also be aware that Board rule requires that a dental practice website contain office addresses and contact information (22 Texas Administrative Code § 108.59), so website information should be updated upon relocation. If a dentist is relocating a practice and entering into a written transfer of records or a written agreement for the maintenance of records, the dentist should review the rule relating to recordkeeping (22 Texas Administrative Code § 108.8). Like us on Facebook Follow @theTDA on Twitter Connect with us on LinkedIn

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