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Communiqué

The Communiqué is distributed monthly via email to AAE members and supporters. Its mission is to promote communication among AAE members, leaders of the AAE, ABE and AAE Foundation, and AAE affiliate organizations; encourage coordinated activities; inform the membership of developments in the endodontic specialty and dental profession; and raise awareness of AAE events, products and services. The AAE Membership Services Committee serves as the Communiqué Editorial Board.

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Dispelling Myths of Root Canals Through Education

Despite state-of-the-art advancements in endodontic treatment, Americans still fear the procedure. According to a recent AAE survey, 67 percent of Americans say fear of pain most concerns them about having root canal treatment.

The AAE hopes to dispel these fears during the 10th anniversary celebration of Root Canal Awareness Week, March 27-April 2.

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Dr. Robert Amato Awarded Winkler Professorship in Endodontics

Robert B. Amato, D.M.D., has been selected as the second recipient of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Winkler Professorship in Endodontics. Financed through a generous bequest of the estate of Dr. Thomas F. Winkler III, the professorship honors faculty members who emulate Dr. Winkler’s leadership, service and dedication.

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ACA Health Exchange Notice Requirement for Employees: FAQs

The Affordable Care Act includes an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires businesses that are covered under the FLSA to inform employees about 1) the existence of the new health insurance exchanges: and 2) the health care benefits currently offered.

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FAQs on HCPs

Beginning October 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products will be reclassified as Schedule II substances and subject to tighter restrictions to help reduce diversion, misuse, and abuse of prescription painkillers. HCPs affected by the new DEA rules include Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco.

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New HIPAA Rules Effective September 23, 2013

New HIPAA regulations went into effect on September 23, 2013. They require that covered entities (including dental practices) revise their notice of privacy practices (NPPs) and risk assessment procedures in event of a breach.

The AAE talked to attorney Mark Rust, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago office and head of the firm’s health care department, and he highlighted the key changes that impact providers.

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Sunshine Law for Payment Disclosure: FAQs

Beginning August 1, 2013, medical and dental device manufacturers are required to report certain payments to physicians and dentists under the so-called “Sunshine Law.” The Sunshine Law does not restrict interactions or collaborations but requires disclosure. While health care providers do not need to file any reports, it is important for them to understand that their names will be reported to a database annually if they have interactions that trigger reporting requirements.

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