Texas Business Organizations Code - Section 22.052. Dental Health Service Corporation
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§ 22.052. DENTAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPORATION. (a) A
charitable corporation may be formed to operate a dental health
service corporation that manages and coordinates the relationship
between a dentist who contracts to perform dental services and a
patient who will receive the services as a member of a group that
contracted with the dental health service corporation to provide
dental care to group members.
(b) The certificate of formation for a charitable
corporation formed under this section must have attached as an
(1) an affidavit of the organizer or organizers
(A) that not less than 30 percent of the dentists
legally engaged in the practice of dentistry in this state have
signed a contract to perform the required dental services for a
period of at least one year after incorporation; and
(B) the names and addresses of those dentists;
(2) a certification by the State Board of Dental
(A) the applicants are reputable residents of
this state of good moral character; and
(B) the corporation will be in the best interest
of the public health.
(c) A corporation formed under this section must have at
least 12 directors, including 9 directors who are licensed to
practice dentistry in this state and are actively engaged in the
practice of dentistry in this state.
(d) A corporation formed under this section shall maintain
as participating or contracting dentists at least 30 percent of the
number of dentists actually engaged in the practice of dentistry in
this state. The corporation shall file annually in September with
the State Board of Dental Examiners the name and address of each
participating or contracting dentist.
(e) A corporation formed under this section may not:
(1) prevent a patient from selecting the licensed
dentist of the patient's choice to provide dental services to the
(2) deny a licensed dentist the right to participate
as a contracting dentist to perform the dental services contracted
for by the patient;
(3) discriminate among patients or licensed dentists
regarding payment or reimbursement for the cost of performing
dental services; or
(4) authorize any person to regulate, interfere with,
or intervene in any manner in the diagnosis or treatment provided by
a licensed dentist to a patient.
(f) A corporation formed under this section may require the
attending dentist to provide a narrative oral or written
description of the dental services provided to determine benefits
or provide proof of treatment. The corporation may request but may
not require diagnostic aids used in the course of treatment.
Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 182, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
Last modified: August 11, 2007