Regulatory Reform

Learn what the ADA is doing minimize the regulatory burden on dental practices.

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.

Health information technology

Federal Agencies

FACT SHEET (PDF)
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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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.

Privacy and security
Federal Agencies
  • May 6, 2021Comments (PDF) on the HHS Office of Civil Rights on HIPAA proposed privacy rules to support and remove barriers to coordinated care.
  • February 12, 2019Comments (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.



Consumer protection
Federal Agencies
  • August 20, 2020Comments (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, 2019Letter (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, 2019Comments (PDF) regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to combat unlawful robocalls and malicious caller ID spoofing.

Other

Federal Agencies

  • November 5, 2021Comments (PDF) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on its draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022-2026.
  • December 31, 2019Comments (PDF) 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, 2019Comments (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, 2019Letter (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, 2018Letter (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.