Mrs. Korinsky’s Statement to the TSBDE
April 2010 Meeting

For the record, my name is Claudette Korinsky with Texans for Dental Reform.

No. 1
At each board meeting I attended in 2009 it was stated that this Board had 1100 complaints and expected more before the end of the year. The Board’s Fiscal Year 2009 Disciplinary Action Reports has only 61 actions listed. In the same January meeting the Board listed a combination of SOAH and Informal Settlement Orders by number only. There were 44 in the combined group and never a name, a charge or an outcome. The orders were approved as presented. The orders should be public as in a court of law. If the complaint is without merit then say it is without merit. An oversight committee should review any case without merit.

Many disciplinary actions included fines. Fines were paid to the Board. In the majority cases I have reviewed no payments were made to patients. The patient should be the Board’s first interest. Surely some effort should be made to recover funds for patients so they can pay to get unacceptable work corrected by another dentist.

I have been told that a dentist who has a patient die during treatment or shortly thereafter is to report the incident within 72 hours. I inquired of Board staff about a specific case and a specific dentist and was told it was “confidential” as are drug convictions. Should a patient or prospective patient of a dentist not have the right know about a fatality that has occurred while another patient was under the care of that dentist? Similarly, should a patient or prospective patient not have the right to know if a dentist has been convicted of drug offenses in a public court of law?

In the past year a license was issued to a dentist who had surrendered his license years earlier without explanation. The dentist signed an affidavit, which stated that if he ever applied for a new license the Surrender had to be revisited. He was issued a new license; there is no record of the Surrender being revisited. His data base license says disciplinary action NONE. That tells me the record was not reviewed and the information not passed on.

No. 5
Finally, Governor Perry, in an Executive Order requested that there be an Ad Hoc Committee of the Board on Medicaid Fraud. In April 2003, January and August 2004, and April 2005 it was reported that no action had been taken.