Benefits/Services

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS OF THE IDA & ADA

Membership in the Iowa Dental Association and American Dental Association provides dentists with a united voice in the legislature, opportunity for professional and personal growth, and membership benefits that help them develop their practices and better serve the public.

Membership runs on a calendar year, and dues are due January 1. Newly graduated dental students are encouraged to join at membership discounts for the first four years out of dental school. All licensed dentists are invited to join today.

Communications
As an IDA member, you receive two regular publications: the Iowa Dental Journal, a quarterly publication containing features related to dentistry, and IDA Newsletter, another quarterly publication, containing features, news and information of recent happenings affecting the profession.

ADA publications include Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) and ADA News. Members also have access to the "members only" section of the ADA and IDA web sites. The IDA site also contains a members-only "blog" site where members can easily access the most up-to-date legislative and regulatory information and can communicate with the IDA and other members. Sites include news and information on practice and profession issues, products and services, and consumer information.

Continuing Education
The IDA Annual Session provides members and their staffs with an opportunity to learn about the latest management and scientific techniques in dentistry. See the events calendar for the most up-to-date information on the IDA annual session

Practice and Clinical training: CE courses are held in various district components in the fall and spring of each year. Contact component officers for specific details.

Insurance Benefits
ADA Members Retirement Program: offers a wide range of tax-qualified plans to members, so that you can tailor the perfect plan to your personal needs and objectives.

ADA Sponsored Office Overhead Protection Plan: helps the dentist cover the overhead expenses of a practice when the dentist becomes disabled. The plan covers office premises, utilities and employee expenses.

ADA Insurance Plans: Since 1934, the ADA and Great-West Life have worked together to create ADA Insurance Plans - life and disability exclusively for ADA members and their families.  The ADA Insurance Plans offer exceptional coverage with exceptionally low rates and no sales commissions.  To learn more, call 866-607-5338 and speak with a Plan Specialist or visit the website at insurance.ada.org.

Professional Liability Insurance:  The Iowa Dental Association has designated Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists (PPP) and McFadden Insurance Services, Inc., as its preferred provider of professional liability insurance.  The PPP also offers a combination of Professional Liability Insurance, General Liability, Employer Practices Liability, Property Coverages, Employee Dishonesty, and much more in one single comprehensive package at very competitive rates.  For more information, contact the local agent:  McFadden Insurance Services, Inc., at 1-866-900-4570.

Legislative Access/Advocacy
Iowa Dental Advocacy Network (Key Contacts): a grassroots network of dentists committed to educating their local elected and appointed state policy makers on issues affecting dentistry. If you are interested in serving as a Key Contact, contact the IDA by phone, fax, or e-mail.

Iowa Dental Political Action Committee (IDPAC): a voluntary group of dentists whose goal is to help elect state legislative and executive branch candidates who understand and support dental issues. Participation entitles members to frequent legislative and regulatory updates.

American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC): a volunteer group of dentists whose goal is to help elect federal political candidates who understand and support dental issues.

Personal Resources
Contact us for more information on the following:

Contract Analysis: This free member benefit, coordinated through the ADA, provides analysis of contracted insurance agreements. ADA legal staff provides detailed written analysis specifically on each company submitted to them.

Peer Review: The IDA and its components coordinate a Peer Review program to both IDA members and non-members and their patients. Peer review is available through the Iowa Dental Board and is designed to mediate conflicts between patients and their dentists.

Relief Fund: provides assistance to dentists with extreme financial difficulties due to illness, disability, natural disaster, or similar problems. Financial support for this fund is provided by the ADA and the IDA.
 
Collections:  Iowa Dental Association suggests I.C. System for collections.  I.C. System has been a Preferred Vendor of the Iowa Dental Association since 1984 and has ethically and effectively collected for clients for decades.  Count on skilled collectors, custom programs for early-stage (soft) through intensive recoveries with national credit bureau reporting, legal services, and more.  Ask about their special 75th Anniversary Discount. Visit www.DentistCollect.com to:  Learn answers to the most common debt-related questions; request a quote for a custom program; view current promotions; and more.  Phone: 1-800-279-3511 (Ask about IDA-Member Benefits).
 
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Practice Management
Bank of America Practice Solutions, Inc.:  IDA-sponsored service program.  For more than 20 years, Bank of America Practice Solutions has served the needs of dentists by offering financial products and services to the dental community.  Whether you own a practice or are just getting started, Bank of America can provide customized financial solutions for your short-term needs and long-term aspirations:  Practice Sales & Purchases, New Practice Start-ups, Commercial Real Estate Products, Improvement and Expansion Financing, Equipment Financing, and Practice Equity Loan Program.

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Video Library: A free service to IDA members wanting to access the IDA's library of practice management, training and patient care videos. To obtain a listing contact us.

Mandatory Child & Dependent Adult Abuse:  The IDA offers this service to IDA members and their staff at a minimal fee.  Iowa statute specifies that oral health professionals are mandatory reporters of suspected child and/or dependent adult abuse.  Dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants are required to complete two hours of training relating to the identification and and reporting of child/dependent adult abuse within six months of initial employment and every five years thereafter.

The Iowa Dental Association is an approved sponsor of this training and offers a "dental" specific training course for $25.00 per completed exam.  For more information or to order a video or DVD and accompanying manuals, contact us at info.@iowadental.org.

Partial Pay Dues Program: Your ADA, IDA and local component district dues can be paid in three installments.

Resources
Iowa Medicaid Enterprises (IME)
Iowa Dental Board (formerly named Iowa Board of Dental Examiners)