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Pierce County Dental Society offers a free mediation service to the public for
member dentists of the Pierce County Dental Society.
What is peer review?
Peer review is a mechanism by which organized dentistry demonstrates the appropriateness and quality of the care it renders. It provides an expert and credible system for resolving disagreements that cannot be resolved at an earlier, more informal stage.
Peer review panels are composed of dentists with appropriate credentials who conduct hearings, review evidence, and make objective decisions based on the findings. Peer review panel members are volunteers who practice and live in your local community.
Peer review is not a court of law, has no disciplinary powers, and is not a punitive process. The purpose is to help educate, mediate, clarify, and, where necessary, exercise remedial procedures. Peer review is voluntary, however all parties must comply with the findings of an arbitrated settlement. Peer review does not consider cases that are in litigation.
If you are having a conflict with a dentist in Pierce County about appropriateness and/or quality of care, please email the PCDS Central Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-272-9960 to find out if your dentist is a member of the Pierce County Dental Society.
100% Of the proceeds stay in Pierce County to help those in dental need.
All proceeds for the “A Day for Smiles” goes to the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment fund. The fund has a goal of $1,000,000. Once the fund reaches $500,000 it will start disbursing the proceeds for oral health care for those in need, oral health education, and to support education for dental professionals. Currently the fund has over $430,000 in donations.
The Foundation has supported several community events to support improved oral health such as: Pierce County Dentists Care Program, Bates Free Dental Day, Tacoma Rescue Mission Free Dental Day, Pierce County Veteran’s Resource Fair, Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day, and oral hygiene supplies for schools in Pierce County.