Powerful Benefits and Services...Exclusively for Members
The Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) was established in 1878 as a statewide, grassroots organization made up of dental professionals. It is the largest state dental society in Louisiana and is a constituent of the American Dental Association. Becoming a member of the LDA puts the power of organized dentistry in your hands.
• in Numbers. The LDA currently has over 1,800 members.
• in Service. The LDA has a fully staffed main office located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
• in Involvement. The LDA is actively involved in state and national legislative affairs.
• in Benefits. The LDA promotes and sponsors continuing education programs for all dentists.
• in Knowledge. The LDA is a source of information for the field of dentistry and related topics.
• in Communication. The LDA produces a quarterly newsletter and Journal providing current information on the association and dental news and events.
• in Generosity. The LDA lends support to charitable programs such as Donated Dental Services, which provides free dental care to the needy.
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/Alpine Lecture Series – held annually during the week of Mardi Gras. Alpine combines quality C.E. with a fabulous ski vacation. Classes are held in the early morning and late afternoon to leave the full day open for skiing. Other programs are sometimes held instead, such as 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 (and tax benefits too!).
LDA members attain financial security through LDA-sponsored insurance, including major medical, disability income, term life, business overhead expense, general liability, malpractice, in-hospital income, short-term disability and long-term insurance plans. All coverage options are specifically designed to meet the needs of dentists at competitive rates for both members and staff through the LDA’s endorsed carriers.
Assisting members with chemical dependency or substance abuse problems.
LDA Relief Fund
Temporary assistance to member dentists facing extreme financial difficulties due to illness, disability, or natural disaster.
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.
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. 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 VoterVOICE (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.
The LDA informs members of events and information affecting the practice of dentistry through the quarterly LDA Journal and the Louisiana Dental News 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 Web site, 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.
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 1930, the ADA Seal Program has evaluated both pro-fessional 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.
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