Dental management deal given NC legislative OK

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An agreement reached between North Carolina dentists and companies that perform back-office work for dental practices over their management arrangements has breezed through the Legislature after a negotiating breakthrough.

The Senate agreed Thursday on compromise legislation approved Wednesday by the House and now headed to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

The North Carolina Dental Society had wanted more scrutiny upon the practices of dental service organizations. The society was worried the companies were making medical decisions for dentists. Dental management group lobbyists said the society was trying to push the businesses out of the state and discourage lower-priced care to consumers.

The bill's linchpin is a task force formed to recommend rules to a state dental licensing board to review dentist contracts with management groups.

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