Being a WCDDA member affords many services that save you time and money.
Membership also offers the opportunity to share your joy of, and ideas about dentistry with your peers. A large pool of clinical information, lobbying power and patient education tools become tools at your fingertips. You are assured a continuous flow of published data alerting dentists to new techniques and materials. View the FDA's Member Benefit Guide.
Advocacy: FDA and ADA lobbyists actively monitor issues and bills that affect dentistry. Visit ada.org/advocacy.aspx to view other important issues currently impacting dentistry.
ADA” Find a Dentist” Feature: The online tool, mouthhealthy.org promotes your practice by allowing you to keep your profile up to date and making it easy for potential patients to locate your practice.
FDA Services: Provides a wide range of insurance at affordable rates. Individual/Group Health, Professional Liability, Term Life, Workers Compensation, Disability, Malpractice, Auto and Pension plans are available. Contact Rick D’Angelo at (813) 475-6948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Review: Avoid costly litigation by utilizing the members’ only peer review service. Contact Lissette Zuknick at (813) 654-2500 or email@example.com for more information.
Crown Savings: FDA Services has researched and vetted business solutions so members can take advantage of exclusive deals and discounts offered through the Crown Savings program. Members who participate will save time, money and hassle, putting the focus back on patient care. Visit fdaservices.com/crownsavings.
Legal Resources: Legal questions and answers are an educational service of the Florida Dental Association (FDA) for members only. They have been prepared by FDA legal staff based on years of experience. Contact Graham Nicol, esq at (800) 877-9922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contract Analysis Handbook: A Florida Dentist’s Handbook on Managed-care Contracts “You Want Me to Sign What?” is available to members. Contact the WCDDA office to obtain your copy, (813) 654-2500.
ADA Credentialing: Spend more time with patients and less time on cumbersome, redundant paperwork. Think like a dentist and run your office like an entrepreneur with ADA’s Credentialing Service. Visit ada.org/credentialing.
Leadership Opportunities: Your input at the local level is vital for dentistry today and in the future. To get involved, contact the WCDDA Office (813) 654-2500 or email email@example.com.
Blogs: ADA’s New Dentist Blog, newdentistblog.ada.org and FDA’s Beyond the Bite Blog, blog.floridadental.org.
CE Programs/Annual Meetings/Affiliate Meetings: Each association hosts annual meetings and monthly meetings that provide high quality continuing education to members and their staff at a significantly reduced rate. WCDDA’s Annual Winter and Summer Meetings, WCDDA Affiliate Meetings, Florida Dental Convention (FDC) and America’s Dental Meeting.
HIPAA Compliance Forms: Free HIPAA forms are available to all members. Visit floridadental.org/member-center/member-resources.
CE Broker Tracking: Continuing education attendance records are uploaded into CEbroker.com for each member who attends a meeting at the FDA, WCDDA and affiliate levels.
The ADA Center for Professional Success
The Center, located at www.Success.ADA.org, is a one-stop shop for dentists who are seeking resources that will help them succeed as dental practitioners and small business owners. This new ADA member benefit will help dentists find solutions to professional and personal challenges. The website includes everything from tips for choosing a career path to balancing personal and professional lives to planning for retirement.
The ADA Library is a member only benefit that offers a wide range of helpful resources and informative media with a full-text database of systematic reviews, clinical trials and other research on evidence based dentistry and medicine. To browse the library, visit www.ada.org/294.aspx and www.ada.org/317.aspx.
Contingency Support: A full or partial waiver is available to a member in good standing whose circumstances have resulted in a significant financial hardship—including disability, catastrophe, parental leave or medical illness. Charitable organization practitioners may also apply for a full national dues waiver if they are earning a subsistence income.
Retired Status: Retired Membership is available to an active member in good standing who has been an active member and is now a retired member of a constituent society, if such exists, and is no longer earning an income from the performance of service as a member of the faculty of a dental school, as a dental administrator or consultant, or as a practitioner of any activity for which a license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene is required by the state.
Life Membership: Life members are those members who have been a member for thirty (30) consecutive years or forty (40) total years and are age sixty-five (65) years or older. Members must meet both of the requirements in order to qualify for life membership status. Life members are notified by mail when they have been elected to Life membership in the ADA.
Retired Life Membership: Retired Life members are active members who are retired from a constituent society and are no longer earning any income from private practice, employment as faculty of a dental school, as a dental administrator or consultant, or any activity in which a license to practice dentistry is required and meet the age and membership years requirement for life membership. To qualify for retired life membership, the member must complete the Affidavit for Retired Membership form and submit it for approval to the West Coast District Dental Association.
Reasons to join are as vast and varied as the resources and services the ADA provides its members. With so many new and enhanced benefits - take a look at 150 Reasons to be a Member and find a new reason for you.