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ADA asks new administration to consider several regulations for reform in 2017

December 16, 2016

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, the ADA is asking the new administration to consider several health care regulations for regulatory reform in 2017.

“The Association believes that in too many cases unnecessary federal regulations contribute to the cost of providing care, making it more difficult for our members to deliver oral health care services at an affordable price,” wrote ADA President Gary L. Roberts and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin in a Dec. 16 letter.

“As the 115th Congress considers Regulatory Reform legislation in 2017, the ADA requests your consideration of several important health care regulations that must be rescinded or amended to ameliorate the adverse impact on dentists and their patients,” wrote Drs. Roberts and O’Loughlin.

Here is a list of the regulations the Association highlighted in the letter:
  • Ordering and Referring (Medicare): The ADA recommends that dentists who are not participating in Medicare be exempt from the Medicare Ordering and Referring requirements.
  • Medicare Part D: The ADA supports excluding dentists and other health care professionals not participating in Medicare from the Medicare Part D enrollment requirements.
  • Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: The ADA strongly supports nondiscrimination in health care and recommends that the Office for Civil Rights simply enforce Sec. 1557 as written, which can be done without the promulgation of regulations. If the regulation is not rescinded, the Association recommends a small business exception (25 employees or fewer).
  • Requirement for Providers Participating in Medicare Advantage Programs to Enroll in Medicare: The ADA seeks repeal of this rule to ensure that providers of covered services in Medicare Advantage plans but who are not in-network providers may continue to treat patients who make the choice to see these out-of-network providers.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: The ADA urges the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration not to adopt the proposed rule proposing expanding the regulations to cover certain health care practices that provide substance abuse disorder diagnosis, treatment or referral. If the proposed rule is adopted, the ADA is asking for it to exempt dental practices.
“Thank you for your consideration of the ADA’s requests,” concluded Drs. Roberts and O’Loughlin. “The ADA is looking forward to working with the Trump Administration on a great many issues affecting oral health care in America.”

Read the entire letter here.