Bahrami and Colao Discuss Alternative DSO Structures in Dental Economics Magazine
Over the last decade, the dental industry has undergone evolution and consolidation. Solo and group practices are affiliating with dental service organizations at a record pace. Nondentist investors are buying nonclinical assets, such as dental equipment, leases, and intellectual property, and contractually affiliating dental practices into a conventional DSO structure. In a conventional DSO structure, the DSO generally owns the dental equipment and intellectual property, holds the leases, and employs all of the nonclinical employees of the contractually affiliated practices.
However, over the last several years, there have been a growing number of solo and group practices that are not ready to affiliate with conventional DSOs because they have wanted to maintain their business autonomy. As a result, a number of alternative DSO structures have emerged in the marketplace. Alternative DSO structures offer benefits similar to those of conventional DSOs and allow dentists to focus on patients while business people tackle the nonclinical side of operating a dental practice. This article which appears in Dental Economics (November 2019 edition), written by attorneys Victoria Bahrami and Brian A. Colao, briefly surveys the universe of available alternative DSO structures.
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