— For the third time in four months, the Florida Dental Association said it would no longer allow the use of credit card processing for dental appointments in Tampa, where the Dental Center of Tampa was forced to close its doors last week.
The association announced Thursday that it was suspending the use for dental credit cards on a variety of dental services, including dentistry, dental implants, dentifrice, crowns and crowns-only appointments.
It also stopped using credit card payments on dental implants.
The Dental Centers of Tampa were shut down Monday by the state Department of Health and Human Services after the agency said that the dental center had overbilled its Medicaid program.
The state said the hospital was overbilling Medicaid payments to the state by over $200,000.
State lawmakers passed a law last week that would require the DCT to pay all Medicaid claims and fees for dental care.
The state also requires DCTs to notify the state of any dental procedures they perform.
The Florida DontCare said in a statement that it will continue to use its existing payment systems and billing procedures for the time being.
“We have always valued our relationships with the DCHS and its Medicaid beneficiaries and will continue with those relationships as they transition to the new system,” said the statement.
Dental centers across the state, including Tampa, will continue using their payment systems to process Medicaid payments.
In the meantime, DCT officials say they plan to hold a public meeting to provide more information on how the state plans to transition to new systems.