The ADA advocates tirelessly to keep federal rules and regulations reasonable, effective, and evidence-based—for dentists and patients alike. Though not exhaustive, below is a list of regulatory issues garnering attention at the national level.
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- December 8, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) on behalf of the Oral Health Pandemic Response Workgroup to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Micky Tripathi, PhD, MPP, asking to convene key individuals and organizations to examine the current status of the integration of medical care and dental care data and develop plans to promote oral health policies.
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Cures Act Rule on Information Blocking and Interoperability
- June 2, 2021—Letter urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to clarify several aspects of its 21st Century CURES Act rule, such as the implementation timeline and exemptions from certain electronic health record requirements.
- June 5, 2019—Letter on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s draft Trusted Exchange for Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).
- June 4, 2019—Comments on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to move the health care industry toward a more accessible and interoperable health care ecosystem.
- June 4, 2019—Comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s proposed updates to the 21st Century CURES Act rule, which governs standards for sharing health information to help consumers make informed health care decisions, including data about health care prices and outcomes.
- January 28, 2019—Comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Strategy on Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health ITs and EHRs.
- May 6, 2021—Comments (PDF) on the HHS Office of Civil Rights on HIPAA proposed privacy rules to support and remove barriers to coordinated care.
- February 12, 2019—Comments (PDF) responding to an HHS Office of Civil Rights request for information about potential unintended consequences of modifying HIPAA privacy rules to support and remove barriers to coordinated care.
- August 20, 2020—Comments (PDF) on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed health breach notification rule, which would require vendors of personal health records and related entities to notify consumers following a breach involving unsecured information.
- July 11, 2019—Letter (PDF) urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate false claims made by SmileDirect, LLC to entice consumers to purchase its products and services.
- June 28, 2019—Comments (PDF) regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to combat unlawful robocalls and malicious caller ID spoofing.
- September 23, 2022— Letter (PDF) to HHS on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Section 1557, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities.
- September 6, 2022— Letter (PDF) to the HRSA Chief Dental Officer on Title VII grants, Health Professional Shortage Areas, Action for Dental Health, and Investment in Primary Care.
- February 15, 2022— Letter (PDF) to the new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator outlining the ADA's priorities for the agency.
- December 8, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) on behalf of the Oral Health Pandemic Response Workgroup asking the Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral (ADM), Rachel L. Levine, MD to provide leadership throughout the Department to ensure that oral health is recognized as integral to overall health and included, as appropriate, in HHS’ activities and deliberations.
- November 5, 2021—Comments (PDF) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on its draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022-2026.
- December 31, 2019—Comments to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agencies to simplify and coordinate the Anti-Kickback and Physician Self-referral Law regulations to reduce uncertainty and compliance burdens
- July 29, 2019—Comments (PDF) responding to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for information about ways to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens for clinicians, providers, patients and their families.
- January 31, 2019— Letter (PDF) urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to clarify whether dentists must purchase surety bonds if they are providing obstructive sleep apnea devices (oral appliances) to Medicare beneficiaries.
- November 19, 2018— Letter (PDF) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on their proposal to remove the requirement to provide or obtain routine emergency dental care for hospital and critical access hospital swing-bed patients.