Dental Group Practice Association (DGPA), a nonprofit industry association representing more than 30 dental support organizations (DSOs), has announced the appointment of Quinn Dufurrena, D.D.S., J.D., as its new executive director, following a nationwide search.
“Dr. Dufurrena’s appointment is the first step in a coordinated campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the value DSOs bring to dentistry. Much as the Affordable Care Act strives to increase patient access to quality care through innovative approaches to the health care system, the DSO model strives to do much the same,” said Doug Brown, co-president of DGPA and CEO of Affordable Care, Inc. “We are confident that Dr. Dufurrena will lead our association during an exciting period of evolution in the field of dentistry, one where more dentists are shifting from solo practitioners to group practices and the DSO model is breaking down barriers in order to deliver quality oral health care,” Brown added.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), patients continue to experience a number of geographic, financial and educational barriers to quality oral health care. Use of the DSO model has shown success in overcoming these challenges by allowing dentists to focus on care rather than administrative paperwork, broadening dentists’ ability to accept a wide range of insurance plans and helping dentists care for their patients with the latest and most effective technologies.
“Dr. Dufurrena’s background – ranging from work as a solo practitioner working on policy for the ADA to serving as executive director of a state dental association – provides him unparalleled insight into the role DSOs and their supported dentists can and must play in helping to bridge our nation’s growing dental divide,” said Stephen Thorne, co-president of DGPA and founder, president and CEO of Pacific Dental Services.