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Advocacy Corner

Check out the latest letters signed onto by the AAE!: Comments on CMS-1772-P— CY 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Proposed Rule (“HOPPS…

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Advocacy Corner August 2022

The AAE recently signed onto the following letters: Physician Dentist Coalition Letter to Committee Leaders re REDI Act Coalition Letter Medicaid Adult Dental Bill Teresa Marshall, Ph.D., is an Ideal…

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HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications

Dentists are now able to apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Faculty Loan Repayment Program. Through the program, “the HRSA will repay up to $40,000 of student loan…

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AAE Leadership Meets with Dental Directors

By Catherine French The AAE’s biennial meeting with dental directors from many of the major dental benefit plans took place May 3 in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The dental directors are recent…

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2022 AAE Coding Updates

By Elizabeth Shin Perry, D.M.D. It has been another challenging year and endodontists have continued to adapt to the many changes that the pandemic has presented. As we head into…

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Dental Benefits and Reimbursements

By Srini Varadarajan, J.D. According to the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Health Policy Institute’s (HPI) 2020 Annual Dental Industry Report, private dental insurance reimbursements continue to trend downward; between 2013…

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2021 AAE Coding Updates

By Elizabeth Shin Perry, D.M.D. With 2020 behind us, we are all hopeful for a better year ahead. How about some good news for the endodontic community? The AAE is…

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AAE Debuts Legislative Map Tool

To strengthen its online advocacy efforts, the AAE developed  a new interactive map that its members can utilize to learn more about dental legislation and policy discussions happening in their…

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AAE Speaks with United States Chief Dental Officer

AAE’s participation on this call was the first of several planned monthly calls with RADM Ricks, and they are a part the AAE’s continued efforts to advocate for its members and the endodontic specialty.

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Amalgam Separator Rule – July 14 Compliance Date

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category (the “Rule”) went into effect on July 14, 2017, with a required compliance date of July 14, 2020.

The Rule requires that most dental practices operate and maintain at least one amalgam separator that is International Standards Organization standard 11143 (ISO 11143) compliant, and follow two American Dental Association (ADA) Best Management Practices (BMPs) – a prohibition on the discharge of waste (or ‘‘scrap’’) amalgam to publicly owned treatment works (POTW) and a prohibition on the use of line cleaners that are oxidizing or acidic and that have a pH higher than 8 or lower than 6.

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