The Voice of the General Dentist
TAGD works to represent our members as the voice of general dentistry. Whether it is a discussion regarding the use of mid-level providers, changes in Medicaid reimbursement rates or regulations governing the use of anesthesia, it is essential that our perspective is heard. Just one misguided law or regulation can have a major impact on the cost of running your practice, the quality of patient care, or even your ability to provide services.
TSBDE Advertising & Credentials Update
State Dental Board rules as related to advertising or promoting dental practices and services have been updated with new clarification and restrictions. The adoption of these rules will be effective May 1, 2013. Advertising does not just apply to a paid ad in a phone book or magazine. To ensure your practice is compliant, it is important that you carefully audit all communications made directly or indirectly to the public at large and to existing patients.
- View the updated rules, click here.
- View TAGD's Advertising Rules webinar for detailed explanations on the new rules, click here.
For specific questions on these rules please contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners at 512-463-6400.
TAGD 2012 Town Hall Recap
Texas AGD has held six town hall meetings across the state to get member feedback on various issues expected to impact the practice of dentistry. Meetings were held in Austin, South Padre, Houston, Fort Worth, Amarillo and Dallas and were facilitated by TAGD Leadership. Town Hall meeting discussions will be relayed to the Advocacy Council to help shape legislative priority recommendations to TAGD's Board.
Couldn't make it to any of the Town Hall meetings?
View all of our Town Hall materials here including hand-outs and a member questionnaire. Town Hall questionnaires submitted to TAGD by January 2013 will be presented to the Advocacy Council and TAGD's board for deliberation of TAGD's 2013 Legislative Agenda.
2011 TAGD Report Card
TAGD Member Questionnaire
TAGD's Position Statements
Your TAGD is working hard for you on so many levels, none more so than during the 82nd Legislative session. Protecting the interests of the general dentist in the state of Texas was paramount. TAGD worked hand in hand with the TDA to limit cuts to appropriations to the Medicaid and CHIP programs and we prevailed. We also scored a victory in preventing insurance companies from limiting fees that a dentist could charge for services they do not cover. We continue to advocate on your behalf to keep the practice of dentistry in the hands of the general dentist.
-Craig Armstrong, DDS, MAGD
TAGD Past President