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The Growing Impact of PPO Leasing on Your Dental Practice [Webinar]

First slide of a webinar titled The Growing Impact of PPO Leasing on Your Dental Practice

Have you ever had a patient present with an insurance identification card for a plan the dental office thought it was not in-network with only to find out, after the explanation of benefits was received, that the office was indeed in-network with the plan? Can a dentist opt out of participating with a leased plan? What fees can be charged when you participate in a leased network? These concerns can be a stressful and sometimes costly process for a dental office.

In this on-demand webinar you will get the answers to these questions and more. You will gain a basic understanding of what PPO leasing is and how this may affect your practice. You will hear from a dentist who echoes concerns of other dental offices that have had issues with understanding PPO leasing. You will also hear from a large dental PPO leasing organization who will explain how PPO leasing works and the advantages of participation for a dental practice. 

ADA leadership continues to hear your feedback on these issues and has taken action to help dental offices understand how PPO leasing works. This webinar is another of the many tactics we employ as part of our coordinated communications plan on dental benefits and third party issues. We look forward to your participation.

For more information on ADA’s activities on third party payer advocacy and dental benefits including information on PPO leasing, visit



About the presenters

Jeremy Hedrick

Jeremy Hedrick has been a vital component of Careington International Corporation's growth for more than 17 years and is currently the Senior Vice President of Network Development. During his tenure, Mr. Hedrick has held senior leadership roles within network development, customer support, compliance, fulfillment, product development and claims, helping him shape the industry from every point of view, including customer, provider, regulator, claims payer and even international expansion. Mr. Hedrick is responsible for the strategic leadership of Careington and its affiliate companies' provider network development and operations, provider recruiting, credentialing, quality assurance and provider-based sales. Mr. Hedrick is also responsible for the senior leadership of Careington's fulfillment and product departments.

Dr. Paul Calitri

Dr. Paul Calitri is a general dentist with a private practice in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Dr. Calitri received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his DMD from Tufts University. He has a general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boston and is Past President of the Rhode Island Dental Association. Currently, Dr. Calitri is a member of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Benefit Programs.

Dennis McHugh

Dennis McHugh is the manager, third party payer advocacy for the American Dental Association and works in the Practice Institute’s Center for Dental Benefits, Coding and Quality (CDBCQ). CDBCQ is the ADA agency responsible for promoting resources and information on dental benefit plans to employers and member dentists. In addition, CDBCQ responds to requests and helps resolve problems from member dentists regarding concerns with third party payers and the Code. He has been with the ADA for 18 years and prior to that spent 7 years working for the American Association of Orthodontists.