1.5k Delta Dental of Washington dentists sign petition for CEO to resign early

Of Delta Dental of Washington's 4,500 members, 1,500 signed a petition demanding CEO Jim Dwyer resign before his previously announced retirement, according to Herald Net.

Here's what you need to know:

1. Mr. Dwyer plans to retire in January 2019.

2. Dentists are expressing their frustrations following Delta Dental's decision to reject bylaw changes. The changes included:

• Requiring Delta Dental to work with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and participate in an independent review board when regarding disputed claims
• Restricting administrative expenses to 6 percent of revenue
• Improving transparency when dealing with expenses, financial statements and percentage of denied claims

3. Dentists voted on the bylaw changes in September 2017. Of the 2,300 dentists who voted on the amendments, 91 percent voted in favor.

4. Mr. Dwyer claimed the bylaw changes were denied because they posed a threat to antitrust laws.

5. Mr. Dwyer also suggested of the 15 million dental procedures submitted in 2015, only around 75,000 were rejected.

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