Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-01-.08 - DENTAL PROFESSIONAL CORPORATIONS AND DENTAL PROFESSIONAL LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES

Current through March 20, 2022

(1) Dental Professional Corporations (D.P.C.) - Except as provided in this rule Dental Professional Corporations shall be governed by the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 48, Chapter 101, Part 6.
(a) Filings - A D.P.C. need not file its Charter or its Annual Statement of Qualifications with the Board.
(b) Ownership of Stock - Only the following may form and own shares of stock in a foreign or domestic D.P.C. doing business in Tennessee:
1. Dentists licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63, Chapter 5; and/or
2. A foreign or domestic general partnership, D.P.C. or Dental Professional Limited Liability Company (D.P.L.L.C.) in which all partners, shareholders, members or holders of financial rights are dentists licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63, Chapter 5 to practice dentistry in Tennessee, or composed of entities which are directly or indirectly owned by such licensed dentists.
(c) Officers and Directors of Dental Professional Corporations -
1. All, except the following officers, must be persons who are eligible to form or own shares of stock in a dental professional corporation as limited by T.C.A. § 48101-610 (d) and subparagraph (1) (b) of this rule:
(i) Secretary;
(ii) Assistant Secretary;
(iii) Treasurer; and
(iv) Assistant Treasurer.
2. With respect to members of the Board of Directors, only persons who are eligible to form or own shares of stock in a dental professional corporation as limited by T.C.A. § 48-101-610(d) and subparagraph (1) (b) of this rule shall be directors of a D.P.C.
(d) Practice Limitations
1. Engaging in, or allowing another dentist incorporator, shareholder, officer, or director, while acting on behalf of the D.P.C., to engage in, dental practice in any area of practice or specialty beyond that which is specifically set forth in the charter may be a violation of the unprofessional conduct enumerated in Rule 0460-01-.12 and/or Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-5-124(a) (1).
2. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as prohibiting any health care professional licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63 from being an employee of or a contractor to a D.P.C.
3. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as prohibiting a D.P.C. from electing to incorporate for the purposes of rendering professional services within two (2) or more professions or for any lawful business authorized by the Tennessee Business Corporations Act so long as those purposes do not interfere with the exercise of independent dental judgment by the dentist incorporators, directors, officers, shareholders, employees or contractors of the D.P.C. who are practicing dentistry as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-5-108.
4. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as prohibiting a dentist from owning shares of stock in any type of professional corporation other than a D.P.C. so long as such ownership interests do not interfere with the exercise of independent dental judgment by the dentist while practicing dentistry as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-5-108.
(2) Dental Professional Limited Liability Companies (D.P.L.L.C.) - Except as provided in this rule Dental Professional Limited Liability Companies shall be governed by either the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 48, Chapters 248 or 249.
(a) Filings - Articles filed with the Secretary of State shall be deemed to be filed with the Board and no Annual Statement of Qualifications need be filed with the Board.
(b) Membership - Only the following may be members or holders of financial rights of a foreign or domestic D.P.L.L.C. doing business in Tennessee:
1. Dentists licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63, Chapter 5; and/or
2. A foreign or domestic general partnership, D.P.C. or D.P.L.L.C. in which all partners, shareholders, members or holders of financial rights are either dentists licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63, Chapter 5 to practice dentistry in Tennessee or composed of entities which are directly or indirectly owned by such licensed dentists.
(c) Managers, Directors or Governors of a D.P.L.L.C.
1. All, except the following managers, must be persons who are eligible to form or become members or holders of financial rights of a dental professional limited liability company as limited by T.C.A. § 48-248-401(d) and subparagraph (2) (b) of this rule:
(i) Secretary
(ii) Treasurer
2. Only persons who are eligible to form or become members or holders of financial rights of a dental professional limited liability company as limited by T.C.A. § 48248-401 (d) and subparagraph (2) (b) of this rule shall be allowed to serve as a director, or serve on the Board of Governors of a D.P.L.L.C.
(d) Practice Limitations
1. Engaging in, or allowing another dentist member or holder of financial rights, officer, manager, director, or governor, while acting on behalf of the D.P.L.L.C., to engage in, dental practice in any area of practice or specialty beyond that which is specifically set forth in the articles of organization may be a violation of the unprofessional conduct enumerated in Rule 0460-01-.12 and/or Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-5-124(a) (1).
2. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as prohibiting any health care professional licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63 from being an employee of or a contractor to a D.P.L.L.C.
3. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as prohibiting a D.P.L.L.C. from electing to form for the purposes of rendering professional services within two (2) or more professions or for any lawful business authorized by the Tennessee Limited Liability Company Act or the Tennessee Revised Limited Liability Company Act so long as those purposes do not interfere with the exercise of independent dental judgment by the dentist members or holders of financial rights, governors, officers, managers, employees or contractors of the D.P.L.L.C. who are practicing dentistry as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-5-108.
4. Nothing in these rules shall be construed as prohibiting a dentist from being a member or holder of financial rights of any type of professional limited liability company other than a D.P.L.L.C. so long as such interests do not interfere with the exercise of independent dental judgment by the dentist while practicing dentistry as defined by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-5-108.
5. All D.P.L.L.C.s formed in Tennessee pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 48-248-104 or 48-249-1104 to provide services only in states other than Tennessee shall annually file with the Board a notarized statement that they are not providing services in Tennessee.
(3) Dissolution - The procedure that the Board shall follow to notify the attorney general that a D.P.C. or a D.P.L.L.C. has violated or is violating any provision of Title 48, Chapters 101, 248 and/or 249, shall be as follows but shall not terminate or interfere with the secretary of state's authority regarding dissolution pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 48-101624, 48-248-409, or 48-249-1122.
(a) Service of a written notice of violation by the Board on the registered agent of the D.P.C. and/or D.P.L.L.C. or the secretary of state if a violation of the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 48, Chapters 101, 248, and/or 249 occurs.
(b) The notice of violation shall state with reasonable specificity the nature of the alleged violation(s).
(c) The notice of violation shall state that the D.P.C. and/or D.P.L.L.C. must, within sixty (60) days after service of the notice of violation, correct each alleged violation or show to the Board's satisfaction that the alleged violation(s) did not occur.
(d) The notice of violation shall state that, if the Board finds that the D.P.C. and/or D.P.L.L.C. is in violation, the attorney general will be notified and judicial dissolution proceedings may be instituted pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 48.
(e) The notice of violation shall state that proceedings pursuant to this section shall not be conducted in accordance with the contested case provisions of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in Title 4, Chapter 5 but that the D.P.C. and/or D.P.L.L.C., through its agent(s), shall appear before the Board at the time, date, and place as set by the Board and show cause why the Board should not notify the attorney general and reporter that the organization is in violation of the Act or these rules. The Board shall enter an order that states with reasonable particularity the facts describing each violation and the statutory or rule reference of each violation. These proceedings shall constitute the conduct of administrative rather than disciplinary business.
(f) If, after the proceeding the Board finds that a D.P.C. and/or D.P.L.L.C. did violate any provision of Title 48, Chapters 101, 248, and/or 249 or these rules, and failed to correct said violation or demonstrate to the Board's satisfaction that the violation did not occur, the Board shall certify to the attorney general and reporter that it has met all requirements of Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 48-101-624(1)-(3), and/or 48248-409 (1)-(3) and/or 48-249-1122 (1)-(3).
(4) Violation of this rule by any dentist individually or collectively while acting as a D.P.C. or as a D.P.L.L.C. may subject the dentist(s) to disciplinary action pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 63-5-124(a) (1).
(5) The authority to own shares of stock or be members or holders of financial rights in a D.P.C. or a D.P.L.L.C. granted by statute or these rules to professionals not licensed in this state shall in no way be construed as authorizing the practice of any profession in this state by such unlicensed professionals.

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Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-01-.08
Original rule certified June 7, 1974. Repeal filed August 26, 1980; effective December 1, 1980. New rule filed September 4, 1998; effective November 18, 1998. Amendment filed June 13, 2003; effective August 27, 2003. Repeal and new rule filed April 5, 2006; effective June 19, 2006. Amendment filed September 25, 2008; effective December 9, 2008.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 48-101-605, 48-101-608, 48-101-610, 48-101-618, 48-101-624, 48-101-628, 48-101-629, 48-101-630, 48-248-104, 48-248-202, 48-248-401, 48-248-404, 48-248-409, 48-248-501, 48-248-601, 48-248-602, 48-248-603, 48-249-101, et seq., 63-5-105, 63-5-107, 63-5-108, 63-5-110, 63-5-121, and 63-5-124.

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