Recent Legislation

No patient quotas now law in NYS
September 24, 2010

The new law, Chapter 504 of the Laws of 2010, was enacted despite strong lobbying opposition against it.

Members of the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) and dentists nationwide expressed concerns last year when Align Technology notified its dental providers that they must begin a minimum of 10 Invisalign® cases annually in order to participate in the company’s program.   

According to NYSDA President, Robert J. Doherty, D.D.S., Align withdrew its requirement for provider case quotas in April, 2010, but NYSDA continued to press for legislation in New York banning quotas. “It is our duty to protect patients from corporate interference in the dentist/patient relationship,” said Dr. Doherty.   The bill, A.10943/S.7614, was sponsored by Richard N. Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, and Carl Kruger, chair of the Senate Finance Committee.    

“Our government affairs team pressed hard in sharing the message that no corporation can determine proficiency requirements for the use of their products, and despite difficult state budget issues, our elected officials made this legislation a priority,” said Dr. Michael Breault, past president of NYSDA.

“Only a dentist possesses the knowledge and skill to determine the diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients,” said William Calnon, D.D.S., a Rochester dentist representing New York as Second District Trustee to the American Dental Association.