Powerful Benefits and Services...Exclusively for Members
Top 10 Reasons to Maintain Membership in the LDA
Becoming a member of the LDA puts the power of organized dentistry in your hands.
- Numbers. The LDA currently has over 1,900 members.
- Service. The LDA has a fully staffed main office located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Involvement. The LDA is actively involved in state and national legislative affairs. We also have two political action committees.
- Benefits. The LDA promotes and sponsors continuing education programs for all dentists and staff.
- Knowledge. The LDA is a source of information for the field of dentistry and related topics.
- Communication. The LDA provides frequent email updates to members, as well as a quarterly Journal providing current information on the association and dental and governmental news and events. We also provide frequent updates on the association's Facebook page, Louisiana Dental Association, @LDA1878.
- Generosity. The LDA lends support to charitable programs such as Donated Dental Services, which provides free dental care to the needy, and the LDA Foundation is the host of the Louisiana Mission of Mercy (LaMOM).
Student Loan Re-Financing
Endorsed Products and Services
LDA Relief Fund
Peer Review and Mediation
Additional ADA Benefits
Could you use another $3,000? How about $10,000 or more?
As a new dentist, you regularly face a lot of challenges. There are regulations affecting how you practice that you still need to learn, license/permits to obtain/maintain, etc. There are contracts to figure out, from employment and insurance networks to medical waste disposal. And what about all that student loan debt?!?! Did you know that the ADA and LDA can help you with ALL those things?
In particular, we are very excited about a brand new ADA member benefit that can save you thousands on those student loans. ADA members who are approved for student loan re-financing from Laurel Road will receive an additional .25% reduction off the lowest rate for which they qualify. That saves nearly $3,000 on a 10-year, $200,000 loan! And, members with good credit will often qualify for a lower rate than other lenders offer even BEFORE the .25% discount. Compared to the government set rates for most student loans, that can add up to savings in the tens of thousands of dollars! But this benefit is only available to you as long as you remain an ADA member. So, why not renew your membership today?! And, then check out your great benefits, including savings on student loans, by going to: https://sl.laurelroad.com/client/ada or http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/ada-for-new-dentists/manage-my-debt?source=VanityURL.
Endorsed Products and Services
LDA members receive discounts on products and services offered by quality companies who are endorsed by our subsidiary, Louisiana Dental Services, Inc. (LDS). Utilizing LDS endorsed companies not only saves each member and their practice money, but also produces non-dues revenue that enhances membership benefits, such as the LDA Web site, Louisiana Dental News newsletter, LDA Journal, Bowden Leadership Conference, LDA Annual Session, and both the summer and winter C.E. conferences hosted each year by the LDA. By purchasing the products and using the services offered by the LDA/LDS endorsed companies, YOU, as an LDA member, can make this mutually beneficial operation an even greater success than it is now. Always identify yourself as an LDA member when first doing business with any of the listed companies.
The LDA offers members the best in continuing education. Members receive discounted registration for all events, including:
Winter C.E. Program/Disney World Resort – held annually during the week of Mardi Gras. Disney World Resort combines quality C.E. with a fabulous vacation. Classes are held in the early morning and late afternoon to leave the full day open for exploring the amusement park. Other programs are sometimes held instead, such as ski trips, cruises, etc.
LDA Annual Session – held annually in April, the day before the LDA House of Delegates meet. A great opportunity to hear top national speakers and participate in LDA policy-making business.
LDA Summer Education Conference – held annually in July at a coastal resort. Combine quality C.E. with family vacation fun.
Government Affairs (Legislative & Regulatory)
LDA members stay abreast of governmental issues and are heard in legislative and regulatory forums in a manner not possible for individuals. Through their fundraising efforts, the Louisiana Dental Political Action Committee (LADPAC) and the Dental Access and Prevention Political Action Committee (DAP-PAC) help the LDA maintain a powerful voice in state government. Our political action committees promote and strive for the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating dentists and others to take a more active and effective part in governmental affairs. LDA governmental activities include the use of staff and contract lobbyists, governmental publications, legislative reporting service, dinners for legislators, Dentists’ Day at the Legislature, and Engage (through the Grassroots Action Center)!
The ADA Washington Office and the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) speak up for members in Congress and with federal regulators, voicing the dental profession’s positions on legislative and regulatory issues.
As you look into the future of your practice, you can rest assured that the LDA-endorsed insurance company is there to help protect you, your family and your practice. Brown & Brown Association Services Professionals offers competitive prices on top quality benefits, and their insurance portfolio includes: Major Medical, Long Term Disability, Long Term Care, Business Overhead Expense, Personal Excess “Umbrella”, Professional Liability, Business Office Package, and others.
Peer Review and Mediation
LDA members have free access to the LDA’s statewide peer review and mediation. This is an invaluable means for the dentist, patient and/or third party payors to resolve differences. The process saves dentists time, money and the hassle of going to court. What’s more, the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry recognizes the results of cases mediated through peer review and refers patients with complaints to the LDA.
The LDA informs members of events and information affecting the practice of dentistry through the quarterly LDA Journal and monthly (or as needed) E-Bytes email newsletter. Subscriptions to the monthly Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) and the biweekly ADA News are also included in your ADA membership dues. The LDA website, www.ladental.org, which, along with the ADA’s site (www.ada.org), allows members to discuss dental issues, find fellow member dentists and have instant access to all association information and staff. Both sites include members-only, password protected links and resources.
LDA members have nonstop opportunities to meet fellow dental professionals working in both Louisiana and across the nation. Through various LDA- and ADA-sponsored events, members can meet, converse with and make contacts professionally, politically and socially.
Reason #1: Fun and discounted LDA events and activities for members:
- Winter Lecture Series – held annually during the week of Mardi Gras. Trips vary by year, from great skiing vacations to Disney.
- LDA Summer Education Conference – held annually in the summer at a coastal resort.
- Last Chance Seminar - held in December in Baton Rouge.
- New Orleans Dental Conference/LDA Annual Session, premier dental meeting in Louisiana. Incredible speakers at incredible prices!
- Plus, there’s discounted rates for members at the ADA Annual Session, the world’s largest dental meeting, and opportunities for all at the component/local level.
Reason #2: Keeping you informed through publications and an informative website, www.ladental.org.
- LDA Journal.
- Resources for new dentists.
- Info Sheets on laws and regulations.
- E-Bytes (e-news) and Facebook page.
- Website & component newsletters include classifieds with job listings, practices for sale, etc.
Reason #3: Help when you really need it
The LDA and ADA Foundations offer grants for disaster assistance to Louisiana dentists after hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters. There is also low-interest loans for treatment of chemical dependency.
Reason #4: Community Service/PR
LDA supports Donated Dental Services, through which LA dentists donate more than $750,000/year in care. More than 2,500 LA children are screened and/or treated at annual ADA/LDA Give Kids a Smile Day. And, the LDA Foundation hosts the LA Mission of Mercy. LaMOM 2015: 1,000 volunteers; 1,500 patients; over $1M in services … FREE to our community!! The LDA also provides support for sealant programs, community clinics and more.
Reason #5: Governmental Relations – LDA (statewide) and ADA (federally):
Funding for equipment in LSUSD clinics.
Funding for dental residency programs and hygiene programs.
Higher reimbursement rates for dental Medicaid.
Freedom of choice laws (you’re paid the same in or out of network).
Non-covered services legislation preventing dental insurance carriers from capping fees on non-covered services.
Defeated “Red Flag” rule and 1099 requirement saving typical practice about $2,000/year.
Fought for sales tax exemptions for dental supplies at both the state and local levels. Will continue to fight to regain state exemption.
Reason #6: Over 20 Endorsed Companies to save you money
Louisiana Dental Services, Inc. (LDS) is the for-profit subsidiary of the LDA. Through LDS, the LDA endorses many high-quality products and services that provide value and discounts to our members while providing revenue to the association EVERY TIME you use them. For a comprehensive list of endorsed vendors, including contact info and websites, visit www.ladental.org/LDS.
Reason #7: Insurance Resources and Info
Brown & Brown offers competitive prices on top quality benefits, and their insurance portfolio includes major medical, long term disability, long term care, business overhead expense, life, personal excess “umbrella”, professional liability employment, practice liability, workers compensation, business office package, flood, cyber liability, homowners, and personal auto.
Reason #8: ADA Contract Analysis
Experienced legal expertise in deciphering dental plan provider contracts and dental management service contracts.
Reason #9: Peer Review
LDA’s peer review service can save you the huge expense of litigation. It helps keep your professional liability insurance premiums low, and it is free to LDA members.
Reason #10: What will make a difference in YOUR practice? As dentistry changes, so does the LDA.
YOU can fill in this line! LDA listens to members and provides opportunities to share what’s on your mind, including local meetings, social media, phone, e-mail, etc. We have more than 20 new initiatives that have been undertaken in the past decade, mostly in response to members needs and/or requests. Through various LDA- and ADA-sponsored events, members can meet, converse with and make contacts professionally, politically and socially.
Additional ADA Benefits & Services
For a complete listing of ADA membership benefits, go to www.ada.org.
ADA Credentialing Service Now Available to Members
The ADA Credentialing Service is a new member benefit that helps streamline the credentialing process, allowing you to input, store and update your professional credentials in one centralized location. This service helps eliminate repetitive paperwork for you and your office staff, requiring you to input your credentials only one time. Designed specifically for the dental market, this securely designed service stores your information and makes it available to third party payers, hospitals and employers.
Some of the benefits of participation are:
- Helps eliminate repetitive paperwork
- Enter your information one time
- Easily upload and store supporting documents
- Centralized database available to payers, hospitals and employers
- Notifies you when information is due to expire
- Takes 20 minutes or less
- Designed specifically for the dental market
- Securely designed
The ADA is working with SKYGEN USA to engage their subsidiary Scion Dental, which provides dental payment solutions to government and commercial payers. By completing your credentials in this portal, the ADA can leverage your support to secure the participation of additional payers.
As an ADA member, this service is free. Register now at ADA.org/credentialing.
Practice Management and Marketing Information
The ADA continually researches and develops strategies and techniques to help members serve their patient base and attract new patients. Members have access to seminars, publications and resources on associateships, how to start or sell a practice, financial planning, effective direct mail and advertising programs, successful patient communications and much more!
Dental Benefit Information and Contract Analysis Service
ADA staff is available to provide members with resources and answer questions about the design and administrative features of various dental benefit plans, including managed care plans. Also free to ADA members, the Contract Analysis Service can help educate dentists concerning the potential risks and benefits of contractual relationships with third parties (e.g., managed care companies and dental management service organizations).
ADA Seal Program
Since 1931, the ADA Seal Program has evaluated both professional and consumer products, granting the Seal of Acceptance to more than 1,300 products proven safe and effective.
Member Retirement and IRA Programs
The ADA Members Retirement Program, one of the nation’s largest with assets in excess of $1.5 billion, offers tax-qualified profit-sharing, pension, 401(k) and defined-benefit plans plus comprehensive record-keeping services. ADA members also have access to an IRA offering a low annual fee and choice of 16 investment accounts.