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2017 Annual Meeting

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    2016 Credentials Mailing

    2016 ABOMS Nominees

      Different Classes of Edentulism

      Many AAOMS members have questioned the difference between the various classes of edentulism located in category K08 of the ICD-10-CM manual.  These codes stemmed from a proposal from a group of prosthodontists at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for ICD-9-CM codes for various classifications of edentulism (Class I, Class II, Class III, and Class IV) and were approved by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 2004 without coding guidance. While it is best to obtain the classification of edentulism from the referring provider if the patient is referred by a prosthodontist, the AAOMS Committee on Health Policy, Coding and Reimbursement has created a triage scheme to assist members with selecting the proper ICD-10-CM code for edentulism cases.

      Different Classes of Edentulism Chart

        Grassroots Resources

          Inactive Fellow and Member

          An inactive fellow, member or affiliate member is an individual who derives no income from the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Active practice is the performance of any activities requiring licensure or permit in dentistry or medicine in the state or OMS specialty licensure, where applicable. An inactive fellow or member shall not have the privileges of a member, except that he/she may retain membership. Years in inactive status will not accrue toward life or retired fellowship/membership.

          An inactive fellow or member shall pay no dues and assessments, may receive the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery only by personal paid subscription, and may attend the annual meeting or winter conference at the non-member registration fee. An inactive fellow or member may pay a voluntary maintenance fee to be established annually by the Board of Trustees in order to receive any AAOMS mailings.

          An inactive fellow or member may be considered for reinstatement to active membership upon filing a written request and payment of current year’s dues and assessments.

            Honorary Fellow

            An individual who holds no other class of membership in AAOMS or who is a non-USA member who has made distinguished contributions to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery may be elected an honorary fellow by the House of Delegates. Honorary fellows shall not pay dues and assessments and may not serve in the House of Delegates or hold office in AAOMS.

              Retired Fellow and Member

              Retired fellowship or retired membership shall be granted to a fellow, member or affiliate member should the fellow/member completely retire from oral and maxillofacial surgery. A fellow, member or affiliate member must have paid dues for 20 years, or be disabled and unable to engage in the active practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Active practice is the performance of any activities requiring licensure or permit in dentistry or medicine in the state oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty licensure, where applicable. Following written application, applicants for retired status must remit dues and assessments through the year prior to election. Dues and assessments for this year may be waived or partial dues and assessments may be assessed following consideration of the Committee on Membership and approval of the Board of Trustees.

              Upon election by the House of Delegates to retired fellowship or membership, a retired fellow or member shall enjoy the same privileges as a member; not pay dues and assessments; shall not be required to maintain membership in his/her state component OMS society and may receive the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery only by personal paid subscription, and pay a voluntary maintenance fee established annually by the Board of Trustees in order to receive any Association mailings. Years in retired status will not accrue toward life fellowship/membership. In the event a retired fellow or member resumes practice, he/she shall notify AAOMS headquarters in writing.

                Life Fellow and Member

                A fellow or member shall automatically be transferred to life fellowship or life membership upon completion of 30 dues paying years and reaching the age of 65, or upon completion of 35 dues paying years. Only in extenuating circumstances may exceptions be made and then only upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees. A life fellow or life member shall have the same fellowship/membership privileges he/she enjoyed prior to this status. Life fellows/members shall not pay dues or assessments and are not required to hold membership in their state oral and maxillofacial surgery society. A life fellow may serve in the House of Delegates and hold office in AAOMS.

                  Insurance Manual

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                  Note: the password is the same for each of the appendices listed.

                    AAOMS Clinical Trials Methods Course

                    MAY 11 – 13, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MI
                    Sponsored by the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, the Osteo Science Foundation and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research

                    Designed exclusively for:
                    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, including faculty, residents, fellows and private practitioners interested in clinical research and trial design
                    • OMS who must critically evaluate the literature of published clinical trials and assess the merits of each trial and the implications for the care and treatment of patients
                    Objective

                    Provide a broad overview of research methodology and clinical trial design. Develop clinical trial proposals that can be submitted to funding organizations. Topics covered include:

                    • Protocol Design
                    • Hypothesis Testing
                    • Selection of Outcome Measures
                    • Study Design
                    • Sample design/Sample Size Determination
                    • Data Collection
                    • Statistical Analysis
                    • Budget Development
                    • Patient Recruitment
                    • Informed Consent
                    • Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria
                    • IRB Issues
                    • Data Safety Monitoring
                    Location

                    Palmer Commons University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

                    Course Preparation

                    You will be assigned to a proposal development breakout group prior to the course date.

                    Your group will convene a conference call in early April to select a clinical trial proposal topic that will be developed at the course. Dates and times for each call are listed.

                    Breakout Group
                    Anesthesia/Pain/TMJ
                    Conference Call Date and Time
                    April 5, 2016, 6 pm Eastern Time
                    Group Leader
                    Gary F. Bouloux, DDS, MD
                    Emory University
                    Atlanta, GA


                    Breakout Group
                    Craniofacial Trauma
                    Conference Call Date and Time
                    April, 7, 2016 7:30 pm Eastern Time
                    Group Leader
                    Paul Tiwana, DDS, MD, MS
                    Southwestern University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center
                    Dallas, TX


                    Breakout Group
                    Dentoalveolar/Implant
                    Conference Call Date and Time
                    April, 7, 2016, 6pm Eastern Time
                    Group Leader
                    Joseph E. Cillo, Jr., DMD, MPH
                    Allegheny General Hospital
                    Pittsburgh, PA

                     

                    Breakout Group
                    Pathology/Cancer
                    Conference Call Date and Time
                    April 6, 2016, 9pm Eastern Time
                    Group Leader
                    Jasjit K. Dillon, DDS, MD
                    University of Washington
                    Seattle, WA

                     

                    Course Schedule

                    DAY 1
                    Wednesday, May 11, 2015

                    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 pm
                    Registration

                    1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
                    Opening Remarks

                    Louis K. Rafetto, DMD
                    2015-2016 AAOMS President
                    Wilmington, DE

                    Thomas B. Dodson, DMD, MPH
                    Chairman, OMS Foundation
                    Seattle, WA

                    Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD
                    Chairman, AAOMS Committee on Research Planning Technology and Assessment
                    Minneapolis, MN

                    Sean P. Edwards, DDS, MD
                    OMS Program Director, University of Michigan
                    Ann Arbor, MI

                    Brent Ward, DDS, MD, FACS
                    OMS Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship Director, University of Michigan
                    Ann Arbor, MI

                    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                    Overview of the Key Elements of Clinical Trial Design
                    Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, MS
                    University of Michigan
                    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
                    Posing a meaningful research question, turning your question into a testable hypothesis, and designing a clinical trial to answer your question and test your hypothesis.

                    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                    Errors in Clinical Trials
                    Meilan King Han MD
                    University of Michigan
                    Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Director,
                    Women's Respiratory Health Program
                    Highlights mistakes that are commonly made in the conduct of clinical trials. These include errors in statistical methods and proper experimental design.

                    2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
                    Break

                    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
                    Statistical Concepts in Clinical Trials I
                    Ceib Phillips, MPH, PhD
                    University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
                    Professor, Orthodontics and Assistant Dean for Graduate and Advanced Education
                    The null hypothesis, rationale for randomization, sample size generation, power, statistical testing, and intent to treat analyses.

                    4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                    Breakout Sessions

                    Anesthesia/Pain/TMJ
                    Palmer Commons Boardroom 1

                    Craniofacial Trauma
                    Palmer Commons Boardroom 2

                    Dentoalveolar/Implant
                    Palmer Commons Boardroom 3

                    Pathology/Cancer
                    Palmer Commons Boardroom 4

                    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                    Reception and Dinner at Weber's Inn

                     

                    DAY 2
                    Thursday, May 12, 2015

                    7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast

                    8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
                    Statistical Concepts in Clinical Trials II
                    Ceib Phillips, MPH, PhD
                    Tests of significance, multiple endpoints, stratification, repeated measurements, subgroup analyses, crossover problems

                    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
                    Discussion on Research Ethics and Integrity
                    Alan R. Tait, Ph.D.
                    University of Michigan
                    Endowed Professor of Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology,
                    Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine

                    Conducting ethical clinical trials and deviations from ethical standards are discussed.

                    10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
                    Breakout Groups

                    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                    Lunch

                    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
                    Breakout Groups

                    3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
                    Break

                    3:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
                    Breakout Groups

                    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                    Working Dinner
                    Palmer Commons

                     

                    DAY 3
                    Friday, May 13, 2015

                     

                    7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
                    Breakfast

                    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
                    Patient Selection
                    Lisa M. Connally
                    University of Michigan
                    Recruitment Coordinator
                    Recruiting issues and strategies, retaining subjects, inclusion and exclusion criteria and its impact on validity, stratification, randomization techniques and IRB approval

                    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                    Groups Present and Defend Proposals
                    TBD

                    12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
                    Closing Remarks

                    12:15 p.m.
                    Box Lunches Available

                    12:30 p.m.
                    Transportation Provided to Airport

                      Application for New Clinical Speakers: How I Do It Presentations

                      Application for Clinical Speakers: How I Do It Presentations 

                      Deadline: applications must be submitted by Friday, March 14th 

                      Have something you've discovered that works really well in your practice? Share your knowledge with your colleagues at the 2016 Annual Meeting!

                      The Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development is actively seeking clinical speakers to present fast-paced "How I Do It" presentations as part of the module programs at the 2016 Annual Meeting. Two topics will be covered: Dental Implants and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

                      The Dental Implant module will take place on Wednesday, September 21 and the OSA module on Thursday, September 22. Each module program begins with a large audience plenary session and continues into smaller breakout sessions as the day progresses. The "How I Do It" presentations will be an integral part of each module's afternoon session. If you are interested – even if you have never formally presented at an AAOMS conference before – this opportunity could be just what you are looking for.

                      Guidelines:
                      • Applications without the required information indicated on the form will not be considered.
                      • Presentations must be evidence- and clinical-based.
                      • Application summaries are limited to 300 words or less.
                      • At least two references are required.
                      • Application submissions and presentations must be in English.
                      • Presentations must be 7 minutes in length each with an additional 3 minutes for discussion.
                      • Must be presented in PowerPoint.
                      • Presentations will be evaluated and given feedback by audience.
                      • If accepted, the presenter is responsible for all associated costs and registration fees to attend the Annual Meeting.
                      • Presenters are not required to be members of the AAOMS.
                      • If you have spoken for AAOMS before, you are more than welcome to apply, but we strongly encourage new speakers.

                      Submit an Annual Meeting How I Do It Application
                      Application deadline: March 14, 2016

                      If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Jones, Senior Associate, Continuing Education or 847/233-4386.

                        Leadership Program Q & A Interview

                        Chairman of the AAOMS Special Committee on Emerging Leaders in OMS, Dr. Deepak Krishnan, and ROAAOMS Immediate Past President, Dr. Andrew Read-Fuller, got together to discuss the new Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program and the growing need for leaders in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

                        Q & A Interview

                        Dr. Andrew Read-Fuller (ARF): Tell us a little about the special committee on emerging OMS leaders, and how the committee decided to start the Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program?

                        If you were to put it rather poetically, it would be something like “planting trees whose shade you will never sit under.”

                        Dr. Deepak Krishnan (DGK): Any organization shows wisdom when it realizes the need to nurture the next generation of leaders. The idea is to get young residents and those new in practice — people who want to be involved but don’t really know how to start — engaged; to put together a group of people who had been involved in ROAAOMS and take their commitment to the next level.

                        If you were to put it rather poetically, it would be something like “planting trees whose shade you will never sit under.”

                        ARF: What are some of the benefits to becoming an active part of the OMS specialty?

                        “Unless you have a spokesperson that understands our point of view… there is no way we can impart that to a larger governing body.”



                        DGK: We, as a specialty, tend to live on this island that is somewhat unique in nature, where we inhabit many worlds at the same time. For instance, on a hospital board you may be a surgeon representing dentists, as well as someone who takes care of complex facial trauma. Somehow we have become ambassadors, not just of our specialty, but also of our peers and our practices.

                        There are many things that threaten our specialty's existence. These may take the form of threats to anesthesia services or the scope of practice we can provide. Unless you have a spokesperson who understands our point of view and provides the public with the general sense of safety and fulfillment that our patients get from our care, there is no way we can impart that to a larger governing body.

                        ARF: Clearly, it is very consequential for us to be involved if we are to ensure the future of the specialty. Now, I know that you personally have been involved as an OMS leader since your time as a resident, so I am wondering if you can tell us a little bit about how you decided to get involved in OMS leadership and also explain why it is important for other residents and new oral surgeons to get involved.

                        DGK: Absolutely. It is a moral obligation. Residency is such an important part of one's life. In the four to six years of training, you need to learn a tremendous number of life skills. People don't get enough exposure to practice management and leadership skills. For me, the journey started as a district representative for ROAAOMS. Since then I haven't missed a single AAOMS meeting, no matter where it has been held. That is important to me because I think what that does for you is it helps you to build a network of peers who A) are much smarter than you, and B) think along in terms of what you think is important; and so you learn from them and engage in their sense of responsibility and leadership.

                        ROAAOMS gave me visibility among the senior leaders of AAOMS, so I know when they are looking to fill committee slots, they consider me. I am someone who has been through the ranks and understands staff; someone who understands AAOMS. It comes with a lot of responsibility and work in addition to the other things you are working on, but it is very fulfilling. I wouldn't do anything else.

                        ARF: In addition to the Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program, what are some steps and ways that future leaders can start getting involved with the specialty now?

                        DGK: Great question. This is where the mentor/mentorship relationship becomes extremely important. If you are a resident, it is very likely that someone on your academic faculty is a member of an AAOMS task force or committee. Seek that kind of mentorship. See how they got involved, and see how you as a resident can get involved.

                        Learn from those that walked ahead of you and see what challenges they had. Work with them to learn the process before you share your “smarty pants” solutions.

                        It is important to maintain humility and respect, and to learn from those who have experienced more than you. That is the crux of your question, Andrew – seeking mentorship.

                        ARF: Those are some great words of advice. Do you have any other guidance or final words of wisdom for the new OMSs?

                        DGK: There are tons of opportunities to be engaged and involved. It would be silly not to take advantage of this opportunity. Leadership is personal growth. If you don't want to do it for any other reason, do it for yourself. If you are a clinician, a researcher, a teacher, a parent or a sibling, it doesn't matter. It helps you become a better person when you capitalize on a tremendous opportunity that lets you learn to lead from the front and to hear from people who have gone before you and made and learned from their mistakes.

                        Along the same lines Andrew, what do you see as some of the challenges and hassles that have come your way when you wanted to stand up and be a leader?

                        ARF: As a resident, and I think a lot of people can relate to this, it is so easy to get trapped in your own little world – your own hospital, your coworkers, your personal challenges as you are trying to get through the educational process. I think it is important to be aware of the broader issues going on around you – things on the state level, with state boards and legislative changes that can affect the way we practice. Also, there are many issues on the national level, the least of which is the changing face of healthcare and learning how oral surgery will fit into that.

                        The other important aspect is that leadership is very motivating. Being involved in AAOMS and looking at the bigger picture – meeting other residents from around the world, other OMSs who have just graduated, faculty, and practicing OMSs – energizes and re-motivates you.

                        The aspect of networking is absolutely critical. Going to these meetings is time away and it can be a lot of work, but you come back refreshed. You come back having a new perspective of what is going on in oral surgery, the work that other oral surgeons are doing, and that really keeps me going. It pushes me to work hard, and take a moment to consider what life will be like after residency.

                        DGK: And that is absolutely right. I think what you said about the networking part and being away from a residency is hard, but you still learning, even though you are away. You don't want school to get in the way of your education!

                        Like you said, we don't want to live in a bubble. The average practitioner shouldn't be asking what AAOMS is doing for them, but it should be quite the opposite: what can we do to make this specialty relevant and better for ALL of us? How can I be involved and help?

                        And so this is where the Emerging Surgeons Program is important and key. We are dealing with a generation that thinks differently, understands differently, and works differently. It is important to bring that perspective in as well.

                        Do you agree?

                        ARF: Absolutely, and just to echo your point, I think a lot of the topics on the agenda for the Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program are things that you won't get exposed to as a resident.

                        DGK: You know how we talk about a steep learning curve when interns start in July? That steep learning curve comes back when you get off that chief year in June; when you get off that pedestal of being chief resident and you are thrust into practice, or academics, or whatever you choose to do. It is a totally different world. That steep learning curve is harder, steeper to maneuver. I think if you had a running start – if you understood how to engage, how to mentor, where in the universe your place was in getting out into an OMS practice or young faculty position – that is where this kind of leadership program comes into place. It is fascinating that AAOMS has decided to do this. It shows good wisdom and we hope that it will reap good rewards.

                        ARF: Absolutely.

                        DGK: With this program, we need to think more about quality of our participants. I know people who are coming in with a genuine interest in this, and hopefully, they will evolve into our future specialty leaders. We will see!

                        Register for the Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program, held from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 3, just prior to the 2015 Dental Implant Conference in Chicago.

                        Register Today

                          General Info

                          Be an OMS Advocate! Join Your Colleagues in Washington, DC this April!

                          16th Annual AAOMS Day on the Hill
                          April 12-13, 2016
                          Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC

                          Day on the Hill is an event established to encourage OMSs to come together as advocates for the specialty. Legislators are most receptive to the voices of their constituents, so it is important that you, as both an OMS and a constituent, meet with your congressional offices to educate and inform them about the issues that are important to the field, your practice and your patients.

                          Day on the Hill gives members the opportunity to hear from members of Congress and AAOMS lobbyists on the state of play in Washington, learn tips for advocating, and conveniently visit Capitol Hill for meetings with policymakers about the issue affecting the specialty.

                            2016 Annual Meeting

                            Attention Exhibitors
                            Admittance to GG-coded scientific sessions is permitted for all exhibitors who have an exhibitor badge. Please note all other session types excluded.

                            The 2016 Annual Meeting schedule can be found at www.aaoms.org/amprogram

                            DAYS until the next Annual Meeting!

                              Current Supporters

                                Hospital Credentialing Guidelines

                                OBJECTIVE

                                Develop a strategy to aid practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) in successful application for hospital surgical privileges.

                                PREAMBLE

                                Fundamental understanding of the processes involved in gaining hospital surgical privileges for the practicing OMS should follow a specific outline which ensures adequate preparation prior to the actual application processes. These are reflected in various levels in the Addendum attached to this document, and can be highlighted as:

                                1. Documentation of literature review, videotape, and observational experiences (preferably within accredited or recognized programs with certificates);
                                2. Documentation of accredited CME and recognized didactic and didactic-dissection coursework (preferably dedicated to privileges being sought) ;
                                3. Participation in recognized observation training programs in facilities that have recognized residency or fellowship programs that offer certificates or a letter of confirmation from program director;
                                4. Documentation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons serving as first assistant or cosurgeon on multiple cases with a surgeon who currently has credentials to perform such procedures within the hospital setting;
                                5. Documentation of oral and maxillofacial surgeons serving as primary surgeon on multiple cases, under the supervision of a surgeon who currently has credentials to perform such procedures within the hospital setting . It is recommended that a proctoring form or confirmation letter be obtained from the supervising surgeon, confirming the experience and quality of performance.

                                (NOTE: Documentation should include surgical log, operative dictation, and standardized photographic documentation of pre- and post-operative cases incorporated into a 3-ring binder and/or in electronic format.)

                                SEQUENTIAL STRATEGY

                                1. Preliminary Considerations
                                2. Preparation of Presentation Portfolio
                                3. Local Hospital Rules, Regulations, and Bylaws including Due Process
                                4. Documentation of Educational and Clinical Experience
                                5. Appeals Process and Legal Considerations
                                1. PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS
                                  1. Review states Dental Practice Act and pertinent laws/regulations to ascertain compliance with existing state statutes pertaining to the specific surgical privileges desired.
                                  2. Usually prudent to initiate discussion with your State Dental Association, State Board of Dentistry, OMS State organization, and local OMS practitioners regarding your intentions. This will preclude many potential misunderstandings that may arise during the application process, and may be pertinent when some of these agencies may be contacted by your hospital or other individuals concerning your efforts or application.
                                  3. Carefully evaluate your area hospital relative to the most favorable situation and medical staff relationships prior to any application or contacts. It is recommended to approach only one hospital unless economic or logistic circumstances dictate otherwise.
                                  4. Be certain that the current definition and scope statement of OMS is addressed in the Dental/OMS Department/Committee, and written acceptance placed in the minutes.
                                2. PREPARATION OF PRESENTATION PORTFOLIO

                                  Provide a portfolio to include: comprehensive surgical log (patient identifier in compliance with HIPAA, date, surgeon or assistant, location, list of specific diagnosis, list of specific procedures performed); current CME within curriculum vitae and copies of certificates or agenda of subjects/experiences; standardized photographs pre- and postsurgery of, at least, all cases as primary surgeon; copies of proctor evaluations and/or certification letters provided by credentialed surgeon(s) involved in your clinical experiences.

                                3. LOCAL HOSPITAL RULES, REGULATIONS, BYLAWS
                                  1. Review and become thoroughly knowledgeable about the hospital’s Medical/Dental Staff structure, rules, regulations, and bylaws, particularly regarding items of credentialing, denial of privileges, the appeal process, and expectations of membership.
                                  2. Become familiar with medical staff standards of the hospital’s accrediting organization. (The Joint Commission, the Health Facilities Accreditation Program, and DNV Healthcare are currently recognized as national accreditation programs that meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals.)
                                  3. Become knowledgeable about specific regulations or rules relative to extension of additional privileges and by which committee and process your application will be reviewed. Some hospitals have no such protocol or precedents, but are managed on case-by-case basis.
                                  4. Become familiar with the staff political structure and activity level of pertinent staff members.
                                  5. Develop a working relationship with the Chief of the OMS Dental Department, or equivalent, before beginning the application process. Dialog at this level may be essential to your ultimate success.
                                  6. Know the exact make-up of the pertinent committees such as Surgery, Credentials, Medical Executive, Board of Directors, and the Hospital Administration. You should try to determine as much as possible the names, specialty, and training.
                                  7. Make an effort to establish relationships with as many of the individuals mentioned above as is practical, including conversations relative to how staff members go about obtaining additional privileges with continuing education (e.g., liposuction, laser treatment, etc.)
                                  8. Determine the annual financial contributions of in-hospital surgery performed by you and/or your associates. This is a potentially important issue relative to the Administration’s support and willingness to help facilitate the application process. i. Perform procedures in the hospital(s) to ensure there are performance data for the reprivileging process.
                                4. DOCUMENTATION OF EDUCATIONAL AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCE FOR NON-CORE PRIVILEGES
                                  1. Maintain concise and complete documentation of any and all pertinent education, dissection experience, and clinical activities to justify request.
                                  2. Determine current recommendations by equipment vendors if applicable.
                                  3. Determine any current recommendations by the American College of Surgeons or other appropriate bodies.
                                  4. Determine if the privilege is offered at other nearby hospitals and what their criteria is if any
                                  5. Determine specific numerical or other criteria, which would be desired by the committee(s) concerned with privileging in OMS or any other surgical specialties requesting addition of specific procedure privileges that cross specialty lines. If no guidelines exist, it is important to see that the same criteria that will apply to your application be applied uniformly for future requests for privileges by staff members of any specialty.
                                  6. When the application process begins, consider requesting attendance at the Credentials, Medical Executive , or other committee(s) meeting(s) where your request for additional privileges is presented. A slide presentation and personal answers to any questions may be advisable.
                                5. APPEALS PROCESS AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO DENIAL OF NON-CORE (ADDTIONAL) PRIVILEGES
                                  1. It may be advantageous to seek legal advice with experienced counsel (specific expertise in hospital and privileging matters) from the beginning of your application process for additional privileges. This advice may provide you with specific items to be considered, statutes which affect your application rights, and the components and format of ideal documentation methods which may vary by state.
                                  2. If the original request for additional privileges is denied, you should request, in writing, the specific reasons for their denial and the type of denial (i.e. administrative, etc.) Transmit all communications to your hospital in a timely fashion by registered or certified mail.
                                  3. All communications (phone, verbal, or otherwise) should be carefully documented soon after their occurrence. It is advised you maintain a very detailed, written diary, which identifies the parties, date, time, and details.
                                  4. All conversations should be followed by a written reiteration of the content to the appropriate source so that any objections to your interpretation will be identified.
                                  5. Review the Medical Staff Bylaws for appeals process regarding denial or limitation of privileges, and the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting requirements as they apply.
                                  6. Initiate your appeal, in accordance with your hospital’s bylaws, in a timely manner in consultation with your legal counsel.
                                  7. The ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) has been informed by the AMA that administrative denials of privileges are not reportable. A letter from HCFA and NPDB criteria explain and support this position.
                                  8. If there is to be an administrative appeal, your legal counsel is essential to ensure your rights. This appeal pathway mechanism is mandatory before any actual filing of legal action is appropriate.
                                  9. AAOMS should be kept informed of your circumstances and be provided copies of all materials pertaining to your experiences. This will facilitate assistance from AAOMS to you and your legal counsel in your efforts to obtain additional privileges.
                                  10. In any appeals process, it is strongly recommended that you request to record or otherwise transcribe the events associated with the process, and to bring legal counsel with you to any meetings.
                                  11. Consider legal intervention on the basis of restraint of trade issues, and discriminatory credentialing in a non-uniform manner without due process.
                                CREDENTIALING IN MAXILLOFACIAL COSMETIC SURGERY
                                Example

                                In recent years the specialty of OMS has evolved into multiple areas of surgical interest and expertise in response to the needs and requirements of the patients served. Esthetic and cosmetic surgical procedures have been performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons as a primary procedure for over two decades. These procedures include, but are not limited to, forehead/browlifting, blepharoplasty, facelifting, rhinoplasty, skeletal alloplastic augmentation, otoplasty, scalp reduction and hair transplants, scar and skin flap procedures. In addition, other adjunctive procedures such as liposculpture, mechanical and chemical abrasion, collagen injections, etc., are recognized procedures by OMS.


                                If a practicing OMS elects to obtain additional education and clinical experience in the area of esthetic (purely cosmetic) surgery, it is suggested that the review of the AAOMS recommendations for hospital credentialing be followed. The process should include appropriate documentation of experience and may, at the minimum, include the following:

                                1. Proof of education and training in each of the specific procedures requested. This can either be in a letter from the OMS Residency or Fellowship Director, or from appropriate documented experiences with qualified surgeons. It is recommended that such documents contain language relative to the fact that the OMS has completed certain guidelines suitable to allow the director or faculty to use the terms “experienced in the following” or, preferably, to state “in his/her experience, that said OMS is currently TRAINED TO COMPETENCE in specific procedures.”
                                2. Documentation and certificates from all CME, Observational Teaching Programs, etc., should be meticulously maintained. It is suggested that a minimum of 50 hours of CME be documented in the form of didactic-dissection courses dedicated to the subject of esthetic surgery.
                                3. A detailed surgical log of all experiences should be maintained for any and all cases having esthetic components.
                                4. It has been suggested that OMS should accumulate a minimum of five (5) experiences as primary surgeon, assisted or supervised by a credentialed surgeon as first assistant for each procedure in which the OMS is requesting privileges. The credentialed first assistant or supervisory surgeon should be expected to provide written confirmation of this fact, and a proctoring-type review of performance in each instance to cover diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical management, and clinical outcome.

                                 

                                ADDENDUM

                                LEVEL ONE: Documentation of literature review, videotape review, and appropriate textbook acquisition.

                                LEVEL TWO: Documentation of completion of CME credits in accredited didactic coursework, to include pure “dedicated” (i.e. subject specific) courses offered within and out of specialty.

                                LEVEL THREE: Documentation of completion of accredited didactic-dissection (e.g. surgical skills workshop with hands-on experiences) courses, provided by clinicians who are appropriately credentialed (i.e. hospital privileges for all procedures presented and in a Q/A-PRO setting) and recognized experts in the particular areas of clinical interest.

                                LEVEL FOUR: Documentation of completion of observational training programs which are formally recognized (by AACS, AAFRS, AAOMS, or ASPRS) or their equivalent, and provided by clinicians who are appropriately credentialed (as above) and recognized experts in the particular areas of clinical interest.

                                LEVEL FIVE: Documentation of completion of actual surgical experiences on patients, acting in the capacity of assistant surgeon (first assist) or co-surgeon, where the primary surgeon is appropriately credentialed (as above) and preferably in a Q/A-PRO setting.

                                LEVEL SIX: Documentation of multiple surgical experiences as the primary surgeon, actually first assisted or closely supervised by a surgeon who is appropriately credentialed (as above) and who is recognized to be surgically competent in that area of clinical interest. The “consultant” surgeon(s) would be expected to provide written substantiation of such experiences within levels five and six. It is recommended that procedure specific accreditation be provided such that the “consultant” will verify that the surgeon-in-training has substantial experience, or, preferably that, in the opinion of the consultant, the surgeon has been “trained to competence” in particular area(s).

                                LEVEL SEVEN: Documentation of actual surgical experience as primary surgeon in an outpatient setting (i.e. surgicenters, clincial surgical suites, or ambulatory “day” surgery facility). It is at this point that the surgical experience and training becomes commensurate with submission of application for hospital privileges.

                                LEVEL EIGHT: The surgeon has hospital privileges to perform such surgery within a hospital which is accredited by a CMS-approved accrediting organization, and thereby operating in a documented Q/A-PRO setting.

                                Guidelines (levels seven and eight) exclude residents completing oral and maxillofacial surgery training who can fulfill only levels 1-6 of the guidelines as they cannot legally function as a primary surgeon during residency.

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                                    Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program

                                    Are You an Emerging Leader?

                                    ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. After December 1, all registrations must be completed onsite at the registration center.

                                    Click Here for the Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program Schedule

                                    Program is held prior to the Dental Implant Conference. Separate registration is required for each event. Registering for one does not secure registration for the other.

                                    Chairman of the AAOMS Special Committee on Emerging Leaders in OMS, Dr. Deepak Krishnan, and ROAAOMS Immediate Past President, Dr. Andrew Read-Fuller, got together to discuss the new Emerging Surgeons Leadership Program and the growing need for leaders in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Read the interview here.

                                    Do You Know an Emerging OMS Leader?

                                    A colleague’s endorsement can go a long way in helping someone realize their potential.

                                    Send us the name of an emerging OMS leader by filling out the form below. AAOMS will let them know a colleague recognizes their leadership potential.

                                    Thank you for taking the time to recommend an emerging OMS leader.

                                      Scenes from DC

                                      Monday, September 28
                                      Tuesday, September 29
                                      Wednesday, September 30
                                      Thursday, October 1
                                      Friday, October 2
                                      Saturday, October 3


                                      Saturday, October 3

                                      The meeting is coming to a close with the exhibition closing at 1:00 pm and the last of the educational sessions ending at 3:00 pm.

                                      Nearly 4,100 fellows and members, residents, allied staff, and guests attended this year’s meeting.

                                      AAOMS thanks our corporate supporters, whose generosity made so many of the meeting’s activities possible. We couldn’t have done it without them.

                                      Congratulations to the lucky OMS residents and professional allied staff who were prize winners in the Exhibit Excursion game daily drawings. And congratulations to AAOMS Fellow Dr. Pamela Louise Alberto, the 2015 Vegas Venture game grand prize winner.

                                      See you next year! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us in exciting Las Vegas, NV for the AAOMS 98th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition to convene September 18-23, 2016. Stay tuned to AAOMS.org for details.


                                      Friday, October 2

                                      Friday was all about education with a full day of clinical and practice management courses on the schedule.

                                      In the exhibit hall, AAOMS unveiled the Clean the World ONE service project booth, where attendees assembled hygiene kits that will be donated to the DC Southeast Veterans Service Center. The project will continue through Saturday.

                                      Attendees also continued exploring the rest of the exhibit hall while playing the Vegas Venture and Exhibit Excursion games, both offering great prizes for the lucky winners.

                                      Friday evening ended with nearly 1,000 registrants and their guests attending the sold-out President's Event at the Newseum, where they were given exclusive access to the exciting and powerful interactive exhibits. Dr. Bill Nelson, and his wife, Michelle, greeted attendees for this fun-filled evening of good food, dancing and camaraderie.

                                      Congratulations to the following Oral Abstract winners:

                                      OA1: The Impact of Biodegradable Barrier Membrane in Tissue Engineering-Based Reconstruction of Critical-Size Mandibular Defects
                                      BoonChing Tee, Orthodontics, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
                                      Brittany Sonnichsen DMD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
                                      Kelly S. Kennedy DDS, MS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
                                      Kashappa Goud Desai PhD, Biopharmaceutical Research and Development, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA
                                      Nathan Andrasik, Orthodontics, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
                                      Do-Gyoon Kim PhD, Orthodontics, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
                                      Susan R. Mallery DDS, PhD, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH
                                      Steven Schwendeman PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
                                      Zongyang Sun DDS, Orthodontics, The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH

                                      OA2: Orthognathic Surgery and Postoperative Antibiotic Use: 1-Day Vs. 3-Day Prospective Trial
                                      Clayton Davis DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
                                      Curtis Gregoire DDS,MD,MSc,FRCD(C), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

                                      OA3: The "Same Day Access" Clinic Model: A New Alternative
                                      Kathleen Masters , Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
                                      Maureen Hilchey Masters RN, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
                                      Bradford M. Towne DMD, OMFS, Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
                                      Pushkar Mehra BDS, DMD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University, Boston, MA
                                      Chad Rebhun DMD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

                                      OA4: Comprehensive Genomic Profiling of Aggressive Central Giant Cell Lesion Identifies Targeted Therapy Treatment Option With Subsequent Response
                                      Brett J. Bezak DMD, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
                                      Julia Elvin MD, PhD, Foundation Medicine, Cambridge, MA
                                      Svetomir Markovic MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
                                      Christopher F. Viozzi DDS, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


                                      Thursday, October 1

                                      The first full day of education kicked off at 7:00am with an array of scientific sessions, practice management and staff courses, open forums, and clinical interest group presentations.

                                      The first of three day-long module programs began, this one dedicated to dental implants, with a plenary session on "how to manage complications."

                                      The highly anticipated symposium "Innovations in Orthognathic Surgery" featured OMS-pioneer Professor Hugo L. Obwegeser, DMD, MD, and drew a standing-room-only crowd.

                                      Exhibit hall doors opened at 9:00am on the 200+ booth exhibition featuring all things oral and maxillofacial surgery. The exhibition runs through 1:00pm Saturday.

                                      Cutting-edge research went on display at scientific poster stations located in the exhibit hall. E-posters are also available online. A poster session on Thursday afternoon gave attendees the opportunity to meet the authors.

                                      Congratulations to the following scientific poster winners:

                                      Poster 11
                                      Do Autotransplanted Teeth Require Elective Root Canal Therapy?
                                      Author(s): Dr. Linda Murtadha, BDS, Oral Surgery Dept, Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, Mr. Vinod Patel, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS Ed, M Oral Surg, Oral Surgery, Guy's and St Tomas' NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom and Mr. Jerry Kwok, BDS, FDSRCPS, Oral Surgery, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

                                      Poster 15
                                      African Americans in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Factors Affecting Career Choice, Satisfaction and Practice Patterns
                                      Author(s): Dr. Thalia-Rae Criddle, DMD, School of Dentistry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, Dr. R. Bryan Bell, DDS, MD, FACS, Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic, Providence Cancer Center, Portland, OR, Dr. Newton Gordon, DDS, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA and Dr. George Blakey III, DDS, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

                                      Poster 27
                                      The University of Connecticut Osteonecrosis Numerical Scale (UCONNS): Application to a Retrospective Case Control Study
                                      Author(s): Dr. LisaMarie Di Pasquale, DDS, MD, OMFS, UCONN, Farmington, CT, Ms. Onyinyechi Esonu, School of Dental Medicine, UCONN, Farmington, CT, Ms. Denise Ortiz, M.P.H., Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, UCONN, Farmington, CT, Dr. Pamela Taxel, MD, Endocrinology, UCONN, Farmington, CT and Dr. Regina Landesberg, DMD, PhD, OMFS, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT

                                      Poster 39
                                      A 3D Modeling Study of the Intramuscular Course of the Masseteric Nerve
                                      Author(s): Dr. Darya Bikey, DMD1, Mr. Joel Davies, BPHE, MSc2, Dr. Eric Ebrahimi, BScH, DDS1, Dr. Alan Hannam, BDS, PhD, FDSRCS3, Dr. Howard Holmes, DDS, Dip. OMFS, FICD, FACD, FPFA1, Dr. Bernard Liebgott, DDS, MScD, PhD2 and Dr. Anne Agur, BSc, MSc, PhD22, (1)Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Univeristy of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, (2)Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, Univeristy of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, (3)Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

                                      Poster 40
                                      Clinical Outcome of Jaw-in-a-Day Total Maxillofacial Reconstruction
                                      Author(s): Dr. Pasquale G. Tolomeo, DDS1, Dr. Jessica S. Lee, DDS, MA1, Dr. Steven J. Caldroney, DDS, MD2, Dr. Jamie P. Levine, MD3, Dr. Lawrence Brecht, DDS4 and Dr. David L. Hirsch, DDS, MD5, (1)Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY, (2)Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center, NY, NY, (3)Department of Plastic Surgery, New York University Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY, (4)Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, (5)New York University, New York, NY


                                      Wednesday, September 30

                                      The third and final session of the AAOMS House of Delegates convened Wednesday morning at 8:00 am.

                                      3,758 preregistered attendees, including 1,673 fellows and members, 356 residents, 755 office staff, 834 spouses or guest attendees, and 140 non-members are attending this year's meeting.

                                      Delegates remembered the members and fellows who passed away during the preceding year. District trustees came forward and placed a single rose commemorating each colleague in a vase. A moment of silence followed the ceremony.

                                      The House recognized the retiring AAOMS officers and trustees.

                                      The following trustees were elected to two-year terms on the 2015-2016 AAOMS Board:

                                      Dr. Victor L. Nannini, District I
                                      Dr. Vincent E. DiFabio, District II
                                      Dr. Robert Clark, District III

                                      The House also elected the following 2015-2016 officers:

                                      Dr. Doug Fain, president-elect
                                      Dr. Brett Ferguson, vice president
                                      Dr. J. David Johnson Jr., treasurer
                                      Dr. Steve Nelson, speaker of the house.

                                      Incoming president Dr. Louis K. Rafetto presented the president's plaque and pin to Dr. William J. Nelson in recognition of his year as president.

                                      The newly elected and re-elected trustees and officers were installed by immediate past president Eric T. Geist.

                                      Newly installed President Louis K. Rafetto laid the foundation for the coming year in his inaugural address. The complete text of Dr. Rafetto's address can be found here.

                                      Wednesday's educational programming began with three concurrent preconference programs: Cosmetic Facial Surgery, Anesthesia Update on Pediatric Care, and Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery.

                                      Keynote speaker Erik Qualman captured the audience's attention as he discussed the meteoric rise of social media and how it can be used to benefit businesses, including healthcare practices.

                                      The Meeting Dedication, Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentation officially kicked off the meeting.

                                      The 2015 Annual Meeting is dedicated to Robert Bruce MacIntosh.

                                      Awardees recognized for their outstanding achievements and accomplishments were:

                                      Robert V. Walker Distinguished Service Award
                                      JAMES Q. SWIFT, DDS

                                      AAOMS Honorary Fellowship
                                      SCOTT C. FARRELL, CPA
                                      DAVID B. HOYT, MD, FACS

                                      Presidential Achievement Award
                                      R. DEAN WHITE, DDS, MS
                                      JOSEPH I. HELMAN, DMD

                                      Board of Trustees' Special Honorary Fellowship
                                      JAMES S. BROWN, MD, FDS, FRCS

                                      Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award
                                      US REPRESENTATIVE RON KIND (D-WI)

                                      John F. Freihaut Political Activist Award
                                      TIMOTHY B. DURTSCHE, DDS

                                      Committee Person of the Year Award
                                      VINCENT J. PERCIACCANTE, DDS

                                      AAOMS Humanitarian Award for Fellows and Members
                                      TIMOTHY S. BARTHOLOMEW, DDS

                                      OMS Foundation Torch Award
                                      DAVID E. FROST, DDS, MS

                                      Gerald E. Hanson Ambassador Service Award
                                      W. FREDERICK STEPHENS, DDS

                                      OMS Foundation Research Recognition Award
                                      TIMOTHY A. TURVEY, DDS

                                      William J. Gies Foundation Award
                                      JOHN W. HUDSON, DDS

                                      Daniel M. Laskin Award for an Outstanding Predoctoral Educator
                                      GREGORY K. SPACKMAN, DDS

                                      Clinical Research Award
                                      EDWARD ELLIS, III, DDS, MS

                                      Faculty Educator Development Award (FEDA)
                                      ANTHONY MORLANDT, DDS, MD
                                      CARLOS RAMIREZ, DDS, MD
                                      JAYINI THAKKER, DDS, MD

                                      Donald B. Osbon Award for an Outstanding Educator
                                      PETER D. WAITE, DDS, MD

                                      2015 Resident Scientific Awards
                                      VARUN ARYA, DMD
                                      CHI T. VIET, DDS, MD, PHD

                                      Immediately following the ceremony, attendees adjourned to the Welcome Reception to finish the evening with food, fun and friendship.


                                      Tuesday, September 29

                                      The House of Delegates convened its second session Tuesday afternoon and the delegates readily dispatched the business before them. Highlights of the House actions follow.

                                      Delegates elected 295 candidates to full membership/fellowship.

                                      Delegates accepted and approved a consent agenda consisting of the following four resolutions:

                                      1. A change in the name of the Committee on Health Care and Advocacy to Committee on Health Care Policy, Coding, and Reimbursement, to more accurately reflect the scope of the committee's duties.
                                      2. Amended the duties of the immediate past president, shortening his/her service on the OMS Foundation Board of Directors to one year and adding the responsibility of serving as liaison between the AAOMS and OMS Foundation boards.
                                      3. Approval of the amended and added policies that had been approved by the AAOMS Board of Trustees during the period October 2014 – September 2015.
                                      4. A contribution of up to $120,000 from the House of Delegates' reserve fund to support Faculty Educator Development Awards.

                                      In other actions, the House:

                                      Adopted a resolution approving the 2016 operational budget with revenues of $18,192,318 and expenses of $18,841,789.

                                      Adopted a resolution amending the composition of the Committee on Residency Education and Training.

                                      Accepted as a first reading a resolution amending the rights and privileges of inactive fellows and members.

                                      Referred back to the Committee on Membership for further consideration a resolution that would revise life fellow/member status. As proposed, the dues amount would be reduced from that paid by active fellows/members. The amount would be decreased even further for those who contribute time to an accredited academic program.

                                      Further details of the House actions will be available in the Report of the Annual Meeting and in the November/December issue of AAOMS Today.


                                      Monday, September 28

                                      The AAOMS 97th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition got underway with the first session of the House of Delegates on Monday morning at 8:00 am.

                                      Following greetings by Dr. James Ryan, immediate past president of the Washington, DC Society of OMS, the delegates heard remarks from Dr. Thomas B. Dodson, chair of the OMS Foundation, Dr. Thomas M. Keane, Jr., chair of the OMSPAC Board of Directors, and Dr. James Q. Swift, chair of the OMSNIC Board of Directors.

                                      The 50th anniversaries of two state OMS societies were recognized as gavels and podium covers were presented to the Alabama and Michigan Societies.

                                      The delegates conducted two elections during the session:

                                      Dr. Vincent J. Perciaccante was elected to an 8-year term as director on the ABOMS Board of Directors.

                                      Ms. Janice Teplitz, AAOMS associate executive director of Communications and Publications, was elected to honorary fellowship in the association. Ms. Teplitz will be formally recognized during the 2016 annual meeting opening ceremony.

                                      AAOMS President William J. Nelson then delivered his presidential address, recapping a year of specialty initiatives and successes. The complete text of Dr. Nelson's address can be found here.

                                      Reference committee hearings convened at noon and began with a presentation on the progress and status of the association's Informational Campaign by representatives of Athorn Clark and Partners, the public relations firm overseeing the campaign on AAOMS's behalf. After review of the 2015 print and video materials and placements, extensive discussion and questions ensued over the effectiveness of the campaign promotions and its return on investment.

                                       

                                       

                                      The House of Delegates will convene its second session at 1:30 pm, Tuesday afternoon.

                                      Educational programming begins bright and early Wednesday morning, September 30, with three preconference sessions on cosmetic facial surgery, maxillofacial oncology and reconstructive surgery, and anesthesia.

                                      Stay tuned!


                                      Beginning Tuesday, September 29, we'll be sharing highlights and images from the annual meeting. Check back daily to see what's happening!

                                        Clinical Modules

                                        Three full-day module programs, focusing on a different topic each day, will be offered during this year’s Annual Meeting.

                                        The Dental Implant Module on Thursday, October 1 will concentrate on management of implant-related complications.

                                        The Dentoalveolar Module on Friday, October 2, will focus on management of patients with unerupted teeth.

                                        The Anesthesia Module on Saturday, October 3, will examine airway management in the IV sedated patient.

                                        Each program will begin with a large audience plenary session.

                                        The program will then continue into a number of smaller breakout sessions as the morning progresses. Audience interaction will be prompted and encouraged during these in-depth presentations.

                                        After lunch, the Dental Implant and Dentoalveolar module sessions will include scientific oral abstracts that highlight cutting edge research followed by fast-paced "How I Do It" presentations demonstrating procedural pearls and practical techniques. The Anesthesia module afternoon session will consist of a morbidity and mortality conference featuring a review of OMSNIC closed case files.

                                        Tickets are not required for these module programs. Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate your intention to attend on your meeting registration form.

                                        For complete session details, please visit www.aaoms.org/amprogram15

                                        Questions can be directed to the AAOMS Continuing Education Department.

                                          Practice Management and Allied Staff Sessions Day Pass

                                          The Practice Management and Allied Staff Sessions Day Pass lets you and your team members attend as many practice management and allied staff sessions as your schedules will allow for one low daily registration fee. Say "goodbye" to per-course fees that limit your program options. With the Day Pass, each team member pays one flat fee for an unlimited array of choices, including morning and afternoon sessions, a variety of topics that address the unique needs of your practice, and a renowned faculty of experts eager to share their knowledge with you. Maximize your time in Washington, DC this September and October. Order a Practice Management and Allied Staff Sessions Day Pass for every member of your team!

                                          Practice Management and Allied Staff Sessions are available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 1–3.

                                          Please note that all registrants must pay the general registration fee in addition to the Day Pass cost. Seating for practice management clinics and professional allied staff sessions is on a first-come, first-served basis.

                                          See the General Information page for more details.

                                            Government Affairs Information & Materials

                                            AAOMS Governmental Affairs advocates on behalf of the specialty by monitoring federal and state legislative and regulatory issues, encouraging member action through grassroots participation, and backing candidates who support the goals of the specialty through OMSPAC. For additional governmental affairs updates please check out the AAOMS Advocacy E-Newsletter.

                                              Allied Staff Member

                                              Allied Staff members shall be staff of current U.S. AAOMS fellows, members and candidates. The allied staff member must complete an application for membership. Allied staff members must pay a one-time application fee, and following election, annual membership dues. Upon receipt of the completed application and fee, allied staff members will be automatically admitted to membership. Allied staff members who leave the employment of their sponsoring member must provide updated employment information to the AAOMS. Should an allied staff member drop his/her AAOMS membership, they will be required to submit an application and sponsorship information in order to reinstate their membership. Allied staff members shall not have the right to vote or hold office.

                                              Benefits of Allied Staff membership:

                                              • Discounted registration fees for AAOMS educational offerings, including the annual meeting, Dental Implant Conference and practice management and coding educational programs
                                              • Participation in the AAOMS Career Line
                                              • Access to AAOMS Today, ASI newsletters, OMS Staff Communique, and other electronic communications via e-mail
                                              • Access to the exclusive Allied Staff Member LinkedIn Group available only to current AAOMS allied staff members

                                              Application Fee: $40 for applications received between January 1 - September 30; Applications received October 1 - December 31 pay annual fee amount and receive benefits through the following year.

                                              Annual Fee: $55 (initial application fee covers the calendar year following application)

                                              Fees applicable for new applicants only; not eligible for reinstated membership. Contact AAOMS Membership Department for information on reinstatement.

                                              Rates effective for 2016 Membership Year

                                                Provisional Fellow Member

                                                A provisional Fellow/Member shall fulfill all qualifications for membership except one or more of the following: 1) application/election to the component society; 2) fulfillment of the component society’s on-site office anesthesia evaluation; and 3) attendance at a component society meeting if this is a membership requirement of the component society. 

                                                Provisional membership should only apply for a two-year period. If all membership requirements are not fulfilled within this two-year period, the provisional Fellow/Member must reapply and document acceptable reasons to continue his status as a provisional Fellow/Member.

                                                A provisional Fellow/Member shall enjoy the same privileges as a member of this Association. Upon successfully fulfilling all membership requirements, the provisional Fellow/Member shall automatically be transferred to the proper membership classification as determined by the Committee on Membership.

                                                Annual Fee: $1,250 (unless eligible for graduated fees or a federal service discount)
                                                Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $121

                                                Please note: All newly elected members and fellows are charged a building assessment fee of $50 for the first 10 years of AAOMS membership. The charge will be reflected on the annual dues statement.

                                                  Affiliate Member

                                                  An individual who meets all of the following requirements:

                                                  • Resides and practices or is engaged in an administrative or research position in a country outside the United States, and, where applicable, is recognized as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon by the country's appropriate agencies.
                                                  • Completed specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery equivalent to that required of applicants for Fellowship or Membership.
                                                  • Membership in the country's national and specialty professional organizations, or other such evidence which verifies that the individual is practicing within the professional, moral and ethical framework of the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

                                                  Affiliate Members pay dues and assessments and shall have the same privileges as Members except the right to vote or hold office.

                                                  Application Fee: $535

                                                  Application fees are required at time of submission and will be applied to the current calendar year if received between January 1 – June 30. If application is made between July 1 – December 31, the application fee will be applied to the following year’s membership fees. Applications received without an application fee will be held for a maximum of 30 days. If the application fee is not received within that time, reapplication will be required.

                                                  Dues: $535
                                                  Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $166, plus $8.30 JOMS Tax for Canada.

                                                    Faculty Fellow and Member

                                                    A Fellow or Member who serves full-time in a faculty position (defined as the primary occupation or primary salary source) at an OMS training program and who meets the eligibility requirements for a Fellow or Member, including membership in their OMS state society. Full-time faculty are eligible for discounted membership dues for the first six years of their academic position. Contact the Membership Department or call toll-free, 800/822-6637 for more information.

                                                    1st - 3rd Year Dues: $417
                                                    4th - 6th Year Dues: $833
                                                    Following Years: $1,250
                                                    Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $121

                                                      Federal Service Fellow and Member

                                                      A Fellow or Member who serves full-time in the federal service (Air Force, Navy, Army, Federal Public Health Service and Veterans Administration) and who meets the eligibility requirements for a Fellow or Member. Federal service Candidates must furnish an affidavit certifying the occupational specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and limitation of practice to OMS or to administration. Full-time federal service Fellows and Members are not required to hold and maintain Membership in their OMS state society.

                                                      Dues: Dependent on Military Rank or Grade Level; contact the Membership Department or call toll-free, 800-822-6637 for more information.
                                                      Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $121

                                                        Member

                                                        An individual who meets the eligibility requirements as outlined for a Fellow except certification by ABOMS. Upon ABOMS certification, Members are automatically transferred to Fellow status. A Member has the same privileges as a Fellow except the right to vote or hold office.

                                                        Dues: $1,250
                                                        Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $121

                                                          Fellow

                                                          A Fellow has the right to vote and hold office. An individual shall have the following qualifications:

                                                          • Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
                                                          • Membership in the American Dental Association or other such evidence which verifies that the individual is functioning within the professional, moral and ethical framework of the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
                                                          • Completion of an advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery education program accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
                                                          • Compliance with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' Code of Professional Conduct and Official Advisory Opinions.
                                                          • Practices in the United States or its possessions.
                                                          • Membership in his/her OMS state society in which he/she practices.
                                                          • Submission of additional written evidence of qualifications as requested.

                                                          Dues: $1,250
                                                          Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $121

                                                            Candidate Status

                                                            An individual who has a membership application on file with Headquarters which reflects meeting the educational requirements, and whose application has been provisionally approved for Candidate status by the Committee on Membership, has satisfied all the eligibility requirements and submitted all supporting documents. Election to Fellowship or Membership occurs once annually at the Annual Meeting. Candidates do not attend the election process.

                                                            After the election, a congratulatory letter will be sent. Candidates pay an annual fee and assessments in accordance with policy and receive the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Fellow/Member subscription rate. Candidates are elected to one of the following categories of Membership: Fellow, Member, Federal Service Fellow or Member, Faculty Fellow or Member, or Affiliate Member.

                                                            Annual Fee: $1,250 (unless eligible for graduated fees or a federal service discount)
                                                            Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (required): $121 (US) or $166 (non-US), plus $8.30 JOMS Tax for Canada.

                                                              Resident Member

                                                              Individuals in training in an American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited training program in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States or Canada shall automatically become Resident Members after completion of a Resident Member Application Form. Resident Members have until July 1 of the year in which they complete training to apply for AAOMS membership so that they may have their names published as Candidates for AAOMS Membership.

                                                               

                                                              Resident Member Benefits:
                                                              • May attend the AAOMS annual meeting with waiver of the general registration fee.
                                                              • May attend clinics free of charge on a space available basis.
                                                              • Receive all the benefits as offered by the Resident Organization, AAOMS (ROAAOMS).
                                                              • Receive a complimentary subscription to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
                                                              • Are not required to pay the Membership application fee.

                                                               

                                                              Dues:

                                                              None.
                                                              Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Free while attending OMS training program

                                                               

                                                              Graduated Fees & Assessments For Senior Residents*

                                                              Available to Residents who apply for Candidate membership prior to completion of their training.

                                                              1st Year Dues: Waived
                                                              2nd Year Dues: One-third (1/3) of the full dues level established for AAOMS Fellows/Members.
                                                              3rd Year Dues: Two-thirds (2/3) of the full dues level.
                                                              Following Years: Full amount of Fellow/Member dues and fees.

                                                              (Currently, Fellow/Member dues are $1,250 annually.)

                                                              * An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who applies for Membership after completion of his/her training is not eligible for the graduated fee and assessments. His/her fee as a Candidate will be equal to the full amount of dues, fees and assessments for a Fellow or Member.

                                                                Exhibitor Function Space Request Form

                                                                • Deadline for event space request submission is May 1
                                                                • Requests will be processed in order of receipt; space is limited
                                                                • Space will be assigned at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
                                                                • Space confirmations will be sent on or by May 15 via e-mail and will list the room name and hotel contact information
                                                                • Event space may include meeting room rental and a food and beverage minimum. All additional costs are your responsibility
                                                                • Space is subject to availability and the AAOMS approval process
                                                                • You will work directly with the hotel in planning your event.

                                                                Contact the AAOMS Exhibits Department with any questions.

                                                                Please note: This year the President's Event will occur on Thursday evening. Wednesday will be the main evening for Exhibitor hosted events.

                                                                  Faculty and Planner Disclosure

                                                                  The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) adheres to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials and Guidelines, including the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, and the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) Standards and Procedures in its development and delivery of continuing medical and continuing dental education activities.

                                                                  It is the policy of AAOMS to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in scientific/educational activities. All faculty and others who participate in the planning and execution of an AAOMS educational activity are required to disclose all commitments to or relationships with industry. This requirement includes relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or distributors, or others whose products or services may be considered to be related to the subject matter of the scientific/educational activity. The principal intent of requiring disclosure is not to prevent a faculty member with conflicts of interest from making a presentation. Disclosure is required so that course directors may reasonably decide whether to make adjustments in the program and its faculty, and so that participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation in the light of full disclosure of related information.

                                                                  All faculty and others who participate in the planning and execution of an AAOMS educational activity have been informed of the AAOMS Policy on Disclosure of Relevant Conflicts of Interest. Faculty who have disclosed industry relationships have been counseled, in writing, of the necessity to deliver their presentations in a manner free of commercial bias. Written notification is made, in accordance with AAOMS Policy, to resolve and relevant conflicts of interest.

                                                                   

                                                                  Planning Committee Disclosures

                                                                   

                                                                  In accordance with ACCME guidelines, the following disclosures are provided for members of the AAOMS Board of Trustees, AAOMS educational planning committees and AAOMS staff. Members of the groups identified below have participated in the planning, development and implementation of this educational activity.

                                                                   

                                                                  Board of Trustees

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the AAOMS Board of Trustees have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  DiFabio, Vincent E., DDS, MS
                                                                  Fain, Douglas W., DDS, MD
                                                                  Ferguson, Brett L., DDS
                                                                  Geist, Eric T., DDS
                                                                  Indresano, A. Thomas, DMD
                                                                  Johnson, J. David, Jr., DMD
                                                                  Lambert, Paul M., DDS
                                                                  Nannini, Victor, L., DDS
                                                                  Nelson, Steven R., DDS, MS
                                                                  Nelson, William J., DDS
                                                                  Rafetto, Louis K., DMD
                                                                  Tiner, B.D., DDS, MD

                                                                   

                                                                  Committee on Anesthesia (CAN)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the CAN have reported the following industry relationship disclosures:

                                                                  Weber, Charles R., DMD
                                                                  Stocks/Bonds (Johnson & Johnson)

                                                                  The following members of the CAN have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Chung, William, DDS, MD
                                                                  Ellis, Michael,DDS
                                                                  Krishnan, Deepak, BDS
                                                                  Sarasin, Daniel, DDS
                                                                  Todd, David W., DMD, MD
                                                                  Treadway, Antwan, DMD

                                                                   

                                                                  Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development (CCEPD)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the CCEPD have reported the following industry relationship disclosures:

                                                                  Baur, Dale A., DDS, MD
                                                                  Consultant (Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Checkpoint Surgical, LLC)

                                                                  Shafer, David, DMD
                                                                  Speakers Bureau (Synthes CMF)

                                                                  The following members of the CCEPD have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Covello, Paul, DDS
                                                                  Grogan, David M., DDS, MSD
                                                                  Hossaini-Zadeh, Mehran, DMD
                                                                  Hudson, John-Wallace, DDS
                                                                  Kademani, Deepak, DMD, MD
                                                                  Meara, Daniel, MS, MD, DMD
                                                                  Sabino, MaryAnn C., DDS, PhD
                                                                  Schreiber, Andrea, DMD
                                                                  Steinberg, Mark J., DDS, MD
                                                                  Waite, Peter D., DDS, MD

                                                                   

                                                                  CCEPD Subcommittee on Dental Implant Conference (SCDIC)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the SCDIC have reported the following industry relationship disclosures:

                                                                  Le, Bach, DDS, MD
                                                                  Consultant (Biohorizons, Nobel Biocare, Zimmer Dental)
                                                                  Research Grant (Biohorizons, Nobel Biocare, Zimmer Dental)
                                                                  Speakers’ Bureau (Biohorizons)

                                                                  Malmquist, Jay, DMD
                                                                  Consultant (Nobel Biocare)
                                                                  Speakers’ Bureau (Nobel Biocare)

                                                                  Martin, Richard, DDS
                                                                  Royalty (KLS Martin)

                                                                  Misch, Craig, DDS, MDS
                                                                  Consultant (Biohorizons, Dentsply, Carestream)

                                                                  Moy, Peter, DMD
                                                                  Speakers’ Bureau (Biohorizons, Nobel Biocare, Osstell)

                                                                  The following members of the SCDIC have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Block, Michael, DMD

                                                                   

                                                                  Committee on Cleft, Craniofacial & Pediatric OMS (CCCPOMS)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the CCCPOMS have reported the following industry relationship disclosures:

                                                                  Costello, Bernard, DMD, MD
                                                                  Honoraria (Stryker)

                                                                  Tiwana, Paul, DDS, MD, MS
                                                                  Speakers’ Bureau (Biomet)

                                                                  The following members of the CCCPOMS have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Farbod, Frank, DMD, MD
                                                                  Padwa, Bonnie, DMD, MD
                                                                  Portnof, Jason, DMD, MD
                                                                  Ricalde, Pat, DDS, MD
                                                                  Woerner, Jennifer, DMD, MD

                                                                   

                                                                  Committee on Health Care and Advocacy (CHCA)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the CHCA have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Asdell, Bernard J., DDS
                                                                  Batal, Hussam, DMD
                                                                  Banks, Kathy A., DMD
                                                                  Boyle, James M., DDS, MS
                                                                  Brown, Kenneth, DDS
                                                                  Candelaria, Lionel M., DDS
                                                                  Clark, Robert S., DMD
                                                                  Everts, Joshua E., DDS, MD
                                                                  Gossett , Donald L., DDS
                                                                  Hillgen, John J., DMD, MBA
                                                                  Kaye, Alan H., DDS
                                                                  Lee, N. Ray, DDS
                                                                  Mercer, James E., DDS
                                                                  Mulrean, Joseph C., DMD
                                                                  Nustad, Robert A., DDS, MS
                                                                  Pietz, Wendy M., MS, DDS
                                                                  Spina, Anthony M., DDS, MD
                                                                  Startzell, James M., DMD, MS

                                                                   

                                                                  Committee on Hospital and Interprofessional Affairs (CHIA)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the CHIA have reported the following industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Werther, John, DMD, MD
                                                                  Royalty (W. Lorenz/Biomet)

                                                                  The following members of the CHIA have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Ferneini, Elie, DMD, MD, MHS
                                                                  Haghighi, Kayvon, DDS, MD
                                                                  Kushner, George M., DMD, MD
                                                                  Klene, Carrie Ann, DDS
                                                                  Lang, Melanie, DDS, MD
                                                                  Lytle, John L., DDS, MD
                                                                  Perrott, David, DDS, MD
                                                                  Robinson, Randolph, DDS, MD

                                                                  Committee on Practice Management & Professional Allied Staff (CPMPAS)

                                                                  The following members of the CPMPAS have reported the following industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Haggerty, Christopher, DDS, MD
                                                                  Author (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing)

                                                                  The following members of the CPMPAS have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Barone, Lucy, MS
                                                                  Fenton, David A., DDS, MD
                                                                  Jui, Vivian, DMD
                                                                  Lewis, Donald, DDS
                                                                  Platt, Jay, DDS
                                                                  Sacco, Debra M., DMD, MD
                                                                  Smith, J. Alexander, DMD
                                                                  Smith, Stanley, DDS
                                                                  Stigall, Larry, DDS
                                                                  Stucki-McCormick, Suzanne, MS, DDS
                                                                  Walsh, Susan
                                                                  Wilson, Monty, DDS
                                                                  Yates, David, DMD

                                                                  Committee on Research Planning & Technology Assessment (CRPTA)

                                                                  The following members of the CRPTA have reported the following industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Aghaloo, Tara, DDS, MD
                                                                  Reseach Grant (Amgen, Biohorizons, Straumann)

                                                                  Dodson, Thomas, DMD, MPH
                                                                  Consultant (Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery)

                                                                  The following members of the CRPTA have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Basi, David, DMD, PhD
                                                                  Bouloux, Gary, MD, BDS
                                                                  Cillo, Joseph, DMD
                                                                  Cunningham, Larry, DDS, MD
                                                                  Edwards, Sean P., DDS, MD
                                                                  Hale, Robert, DDS
                                                                  Kademani, Deepak, DMD, MD
                                                                  Peacock, Zachary, DMD, MD
                                                                  Read-Fuller, Andrew, DDS

                                                                   

                                                                  OMS Faculty Section (FS)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the FS have reported the following industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Bell, R. Bryan, DDS, MD
                                                                  Consultant (Stryker CMF)

                                                                  Tiwana, Paul, DDS, MD, MS
                                                                  Speakers’ Bureau (Biomet)

                                                                  The following members of the FS have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Bouloux, Gary, MD, BDS
                                                                  Cunningham, Larry, DDS, MD
                                                                  D’Innocenzo, Richard, DMD, MD
                                                                  Ness, Gregory, DDS
                                                                  Steed, Martin, DDS
                                                                  Ward, Brent, DDS, MD

                                                                   

                                                                  Executive Committee, Resident Organization, AAOMS (ROAAOMS)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the ROAAOMS have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Brown, Kenneth, DDS
                                                                  Chalak, Amir M., DDS
                                                                  Covello, Paul, DDS
                                                                  Hammer, Daniel A., DDS
                                                                  Massaro, Anthony, DMD
                                                                  Read-Fuller, Andrew, DDS
                                                                  Retana, Armando, DDS
                                                                  Roquette, Krista L., DDS
                                                                  Shah, Gaurav Ashok, DMD
                                                                  Sonnichsen, Brittany, DMD
                                                                  Vyas, Harshiv J., BDS
                                                                  Yetzer, Jacob, DDS, MD

                                                                   

                                                                  Special Committee on Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery (SCMORS)

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of the SCMORS have reported the following industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Fernandes, Rui, DMD, MD
                                                                  Consultant (Biomet, OsteoMed)

                                                                  Bell, R. Bryan, DDS, MD
                                                                  Consultant (Stryker CMF)

                                                                  The following members of the SCMORS have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Ghali, G.E., DDS, MD
                                                                  Helman, Joseph, DMD
                                                                  Kademani, Deepak, DMD, MD
                                                                  Schmidt, Brian L., DDS, MD, PhD
                                                                  Ward, Brent B., DDS, MD

                                                                   

                                                                  AAOMS Staff

                                                                   

                                                                  The following members of AAOMS Staff have reported that they have no industry relationships to disclose:

                                                                  Abel, Martha
                                                                  Adams, Mark, JD
                                                                  Armour, Yolanda
                                                                  Bonfield, Heidi
                                                                  Brenman, Adam
                                                                  Choyke, Barbara S., CAE
                                                                  Dreiske, Leslie
                                                                  Dunham, Janie
                                                                  Farrell, Scott C.
                                                                  Gonzalez, Martin
                                                                  Gunether, Sandy
                                                                  Jones, Samantha E.
                                                                  Lee, Caroline P.
                                                                  Motrenko, Marina
                                                                  Murray, Shannon
                                                                  O'Brien, Kelly
                                                                  Peterson, Shannon
                                                                  Rinaldi, Robert C., PhD, CAE
                                                                  Schnitzer, Mary
                                                                  Serpico, Patricia
                                                                  Smith, Eric
                                                                  Smith, Kyle
                                                                  Steuer, Becky
                                                                  Teplitz, Janice K.
                                                                  Tuerk, Jeanne
                                                                  Treccia, Bridget
                                                                  Wittich, Karin K.
                                                                  Wochos, Katie

                                                                  All reported relevant conflicts of interest have been resolved by the Committee on Continuing Education and Professional Development and other planning committees as of 4/10/2015.

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    Anesthesia Update Preconference

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

                                                                    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 7.25 continuing education credits.

                                                                    AGD - Accepted Program Provider
                                                                    FAGD/MAGD Credit
                                                                    5/1/14 - 6/30/18
                                                                    Provider ID# 214680

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™trade;. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


                                                                    Cosmetic Surgery Preconference

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

                                                                    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 4.5 continuing education credits.

                                                                    AGD - Accepted Program Provider
                                                                    FAGD/MAGD Credit
                                                                    5/1/14 - 6/30/18
                                                                    Provider ID# 214680

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


                                                                    Maxillofacial Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery
                                                                    Preconference

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

                                                                    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 7.0 continuing education credits.

                                                                    AGD - Accepted Program Provider
                                                                    FAGD/MAGD Credit
                                                                    5/1/14 - 6/30/18
                                                                    Provider ID# 214680

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


                                                                    Annual Meeting

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

                                                                    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 24.5 continuing education credits.

                                                                    AGD - Accepted Program Provider
                                                                    FAGD/MAGD Credit
                                                                    5/1/14 - 6/30/18
                                                                    Provider ID# 214680

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


                                                                    Beyond the Basics Coding Workshop

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

                                                                    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 13.0 continuing education credits.

                                                                    AGD - Accepted Program Provider
                                                                    FAGD/MAGD Credit
                                                                    5/1/14 - 6/30/18
                                                                    Provider ID# 214680

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

                                                                    This program has been approved for 13.0 continuing education unit(s) for use in ful¬filling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). For AAPC credit, please contact AAOMS Coding and Reimbursement Staff at 800/822-6637.


                                                                    ICD-10-CM Coding Workshop

                                                                    Continuing Education Provider Approval

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

                                                                    ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 7.0 continuing education credits.

                                                                    AGD - Accepted Program Provider
                                                                    FAGD/MAGD Credit
                                                                    5/1/14 - 6/30/18
                                                                    Provider ID# 214680

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

                                                                    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

                                                                    This program has been approved for 7.0 continuing education unit(s) for use in ful¬filling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). For AAPC credit, please contact AAOMS Coding and Reimbursement Staff at 800/822-6637.

                                                                      Annual Meeting Mobile App

                                                                      Enhance your meeting experience with the AAOMS Events app for your smartphone or tablet!

                                                                       
                                                                      To Download:

                                                                      Users of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android devices may visit the Apple App Store or Google Play from the device and search for AAOMS Events.

                                                                      From a BlackBerry or other web browser-enabled phone or device, point your mobile browser to http://m.core-apps.com/aaomsevents and bookmark the page for future reference. Select the 2015 Annual Meeting in the Upcoming Shows list.

                                                                      OR SIMPLY SCAN THIS CODE. Using a QR reader app from your mobile device, scan this code. From there you will be directed to download the specific version of the app for your particular device, or on some phones, bookmark the page for future reference.

                                                                      The AAOMS mobile app is now designed to include multiple events, so future AAOMS meetings will be automatically added as they become available. Select the 2015 Annual Meeting from the Installed Shows list and click to download. You will later be able to access any future Annual Meetings and Dental Implant Conferences within this one convenient event app.

                                                                      App Features
                                                                      • The gear icon in the upper left corner takes you to settings where you can complete your profile, invite friends to use the app, and email your notes. From this feature, you can also sync your online schedule. To sync your schedule, enter your email address and your PIN found in the My Schedule or Bookmarks page of the online program.
                                                                      • The refresh button (circular arrows) in the upper right corner downloads the latest data updates from the server.
                                                                      • My Schedule: Create a personal itinerary of the sessions and events you plan to attend. Press the star icon on any event and it will be added to your schedule. Press it again to remove it from your schedule. To add your own personal event, press the plus-sign in the upper right to enter the information, and then "Done" to save it to your calendar. Your online schedule can be synced and displayed within this area. Note: The schedule will be synced from the online schedule to the app. It will NOT be synced from the app back to the online schedule.
                                                                      • Events: From here you can view a complete and up-to-date agenda of all sessions and events, organized by track. Select any event listing to view full details, including synopsis, learning objectives, speakers, location, date and time. Press the star icon on an event to add it to your schedule.
                                                                      • Downloading handouts within the app: Select an event, and in some cases select a sub-session under Topics. If a handout is available for that session, a Resources tab will appear next to the About tab. In Resources, select Handouts and press the PDFs you wish to download to your device.
                                                                      • Downloads: Any session presentation materials that you download through the app will be conveniently stored in this folder.
                                                                      • Speakers: View an alphabetical listing of all session presenters, including the dates and times of their events.
                                                                      • Maps: Browse an interactive floor plan of the 2015 AAOMS Exhibit Hall, labeled with exhibitor names and booth numbers. You can navigate your route from one end of the exhibit hall to another by pressing any booth icon (hold for several seconds) and setting it as your starting point. Then press and hold another booth icon to plot your route to it. Overview maps of the convention center and headquarters hotel, as well as a running/walking map of the area, are also available for reference.
                                                                      • Locate Me: Get quick walking directions based on your current location on the exhibit hall floor.
                                                                      • Quick List: Visit all of your bookmarked exhibitors in an easy-to-follow order.
                                                                      • Exhibitors: Browse an alphabetical list of all 2015 exhibitors, and view their detailed information. Press the star icon to highlight them on the map. You can locate their booths on the exhibit hall floor plan, add them to your schedule, and more.
                                                                      • MyCME: This links you to aaoms.org/MyCME to complete your session evaluations and claim CE credit.
                                                                      • Attendees: This feature allows you to share your contact information with all app users. By default, your information will not be displayed. You may turn this feature on by selecting "Publish my Profile" in the profile settings of the app.
                                                                      • Friends: Send messages and set up meetings by connecting with colleagues through this feature. Select the plus-symbol to exchange your schedule and/or contact information privately with friends.
                                                                      • Facebook: Your direct link to the AAOMS Facebook page.
                                                                      • Twitter: Keep up with all tweets containing the tag #AAOMS2015 – see what others are saying, and join in the discussion yourself.
                                                                      • Alerts: Receive immediate notifications and communications from the AAOMS. Alerts will be pushed right to your device so you won’t miss a thing.
                                                                      • Scenes: This icon links you to our "Scenes from DC" webpage where we'll be sharing highlights and images from the annual meeting.
                                                                      • AAOMS.org/DC: Visit the annual meeting homepage for information on registration, hotel reservations, transportation and other general meeting details.

                                                                      The AAOMS 2015 app is supported by Zimmer Biomet.

                                                                        Anesthesia Update- Pediatric Care: Breakout Session Selection

                                                                          Use of the Medicare Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN)

                                                                          The Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) should be provided to a Medicare patient prior to rendering a service that you have good reason to expect will be denied based on past Medicare denials and local medical review policies, or that the patient's diagnosis or procedure does not meet the Medicare program standards for medical necessity. For instance, Medicare will often deny benign biopsy diagnoses as not medically necessary. Since the diagnosis will not be known until the pathology report has been returned, providing an ABN prior to the service provides the patient advanced notice that they may be financially responsible in the event pathology comes back as benign and Medicare denies the claim as not medically necessary.

                                                                          The ABN allows the patient to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a service or procedure for which he or she may be personally financially responsible. Claims for such services may be submitted with the HCPCS modifier "GA" ("waiver of liability statement issued as required by payer policy"). If the service is denied and a signed ABN is not on file, the doctor may not hold the patient responsible for payment.

                                                                          While Medicare does not require them for statutorily excluded services, ABNs may be used to voluntarily let the patient know prior to rendering an excluded service that Medicare will not cover it. Such claims would be submitted with a "GY" modifier ("item or service statutorily excluded, does not meet the definition of any Medicare benefit").

                                                                          Medicare does not require the submission of claims for non-covered services, such as dental care, cosmetic surgery, preventive medicine and routine physical examinations. However, if the patient believes that a service may be covered, requests that a claim be submitted, or wishes to receive a formal Medicare determination for consideration by a supplemental insurance, a claim for the non-covered service must be submitted with this modifier. The modifier "GX" ("notice of liability issued, voluntary under payer policy") may be reported in combination with "GY."

                                                                          The patient should resign the ABN when there is a change in the course of treatment as outlined on the original ABN; for instance, when there is a reduction of services (frequency or duration) or when a patient wants to continue receiving care that is no longer medically necessary.

                                                                          There may be instances in which the service to be rendered is expected to be denied, but a signed ABN was not obtained because the patient refused to sign it. In this case, the doctor may choose to not render the service unless the health and safety of the patient is at risk. Should a patient present with a medical emergency to which EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act) provisions apply and an ABN could not have been provided prior to treatment, a claim may be submitted to Medicare. The modifier "GZ" should be included on the claim form to indicate "item or service expected to be denied as not reasonable and necessary," although even in this situation Medicare will most likely deny payment.

                                                                          Medicare does not require separate ABNs when multiple providers are involved. In these cases, the OMS may list the name(s) of the other provider(s) in addition to his/her name as long as the patient can clearly identify who to contact for billing questions. Listing the others will assist those providers in receiving Medicare reimbursement since they may not be in a position to obtain an ABN directly from the patient. They may then submit claims utilizing the same modifiers as the surgeon.

                                                                          It is illegal to utilize the ABN indiscriminately. Generic ABNs that simply state "Medicare will likely deny this service" are also unacceptable. The ABN should be provided when there is a specific and good reason to believe the service will be denied. That reason should be indicated on the notice.

                                                                          Before electing not to obtain a signed ABN or submit a claim to Medicare, make certain the service is statutorily excluded. If you charge a patient your standard fee for services that are, in fact, covered, you may be charged with violating Medicare policy and risk penalties or exclusion from Medicare and other federal health programs.

                                                                          To download a copy of the ABN and complete instructions for use, visit the Beneficiary Notices Section of the CMS Web site. Additional information is available in the CMS Medicare Learning Network's "Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN)" booklet, which discusses when providers should use an ABN, ABN policies, how to properly complete an ABN and ABN modifiers.

                                                                          Local Coverage Decisions (LCD)

                                                                          Medicare has made it easier to determine whether a procedure is a covered Medicare benefit by posting national and local coverage policies on the CMS Web site. The Medicare Coverage Database allows a search for local and national policy by CPT code or by keyword. Local and National Coverage Determinations (LCDs and NCDs) are available at www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd or if you wish you may contact the contractor to request a copy of their LCD. It is important to review your Medicare carrier's policies as interpretations of Medicare policy may vary from state to state. For example, some carriers will reimburse for the removal of tori, while others consider it an excluded service.

                                                                            Program Rules

                                                                            2016 PROGRAM RULES

                                                                            Application Requirements: To be considered, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons must:

                                                                            1. Submit the online Application;
                                                                            2. Be deemed eligible as specified in the “Eligibility” section of the Rules, and
                                                                            3. Use the donations as specified in “Use of Donation” section of the Rules.

                                                                            Eligibility:  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who meet the following requirements may be eligible for the AAOMS – Henry Schein Care Foundation Donation Program. To be eligible OMSs must:

                                                                            1. Be a fellow or member in good standing of the AAOMS;
                                                                            2. Hold an active DEA Number;
                                                                            3. Provide a verifiable agreement with a governmental organization, healthcare program overseen by a charitable or not-for-profit organization, or Mercy Ships International to provide voluntary OMS services;
                                                                            4. Complete and submit the Project’s Online Application Form;
                                                                            5. OPTIONAL:  A letter of interest may be submitted to detail any additional or expanded information that is pertinent to the project.

                                                                            Use of Donations:

                                                                            1. $2,500 cash donations must be used to support the Recipient's attendance and/or participation in the Donation Project.
                                                                            2. Recipients may select products from the Henry Schein catalog valued at up to $2,000. Selected products must be used on the mission specified in the Recipient’s application.

                                                                            Application Period Begins: The Application Period begins on May 5, 2016

                                                                            Application Period Deadline: The Application Period ends at 11:59:59 pm, August 5, 2016

                                                                            Award Notification: Selected Recipients will be notified after September 20, 2016

                                                                            Selection: Selection of Recipients to receive a donation from AAOMS – Henry Schein Cares Foundation Donation Program is the responsibility of the AAOMS Board of Trustees. The AAOMS retains the right at its sole discretion to determine eligibility and reserves the right to disqualify any Applicant for any reason. All decisions by the AAOMS Board of Trustees are final, binding and conclusive.

                                                                            Removal from the Program:  If a Recipient is deemed to be ineligible for any reason, it is grounds for Removal from the Program without notice. "Removal from the Program" means all monies and the cost of product must be refunded to the AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.  

                                                                            Complete and Submit a Project Report:  After Recipients have completed the service project for which the donation was provided, they shall submit a brief report on the service project, the patients treated, the procedures performed, the outcome of the project, and how the Donation Program contributed to the success of the service project.  

                                                                            Promotion: Recipients agree to permit the AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation to use the Recipient’s name and likeness in any and all media, press materials, websites, photos, videos and any collateral materials (except where prohibited by law).

                                                                            Limitation of Liability:  The AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to suspend, cancel or modify the Donation Program without notice or liability if the integrity of the Donation Program is compromised in any manner as determined by the AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, or if the Donation Program is not capable of being conducted as intended by AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

                                                                            Release and Indemnity Release: You release the AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and their parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, employees, service providers, representatives and all others associated with the development and execution of the Donation Program, from any and all liability with respect to, or in any way arising from, the Donation Program, including, but not limited to, any suspension, modification or cancellation of the Program, Content received or posted, and/or acceptance or use of the donation, including liability for personal injury, death, damages or loss.

                                                                            Indemnity: By participating in the Donation Program, Recipient agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and each of their agents, service providers and their respective parents, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, licensees, and assigns, and each of their directors, officers, agents, equity holders and employees, from and against any and all claims, losses, costs, damages, liabilities and costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) which arise out of your participation in the Donation Program or any breach of the Program Rules.

                                                                            Award recipients must complete an IRS form W-9 before award funds can be paid.  The award is considered taxable income.  The Award recipient will receive a 1099 tax form from AAOMS for the year the award is received per section 6041 of the US Internal Revenue Code. 

                                                                            Governing Law and Disputes Except Where Prohibited: Recipient agrees that all issues and questions concerning these Program Rules and the Donation Program shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Recipient and the AAOMS and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation each waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with the Donation Program (including any activity related thereto). Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the Donation Program shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party.

                                                                            Details about the Donation Program are available at aaoms.org. 

                                                                              Global Outreach Program

                                                                              The Henry Schein Cares Foundation and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have initiated a Donation Program to foster, support, and promote the provision of oral and maxillofacial surgery care in underserved communities in the United States and around the world through financial and health care product donations to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who volunteer their services as individual practitioners, participants in a healthcare program overseen by a charitable or not-for-profit organization, and those who volunteer for a tour on a Mercy Ship mission.

                                                                              Each year through 2019, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation will fund four $2,500 cash donations to Recipients to help offset expenses in participating or furthering their volunteer service. In addition, each Recipient will be able to select products from the Henry Schein catalog valued at up to $2,000, for use on the Mission specified in the Recipient’s application.

                                                                              Recipients shall be selected in accordance with the Program Rules. The awarding of a donation is not an endorsement of the healthcare program, charitable or not-for-profit organization, or Mercy Ships. 

                                                                              The application deadline has passed.

                                                                                2015-2016 Committee Mailing

                                                                                AAOMS Strategic Plan
                                                                                AAOMS Policy Excepts for Committees
                                                                                Confidential Directory Request Form
                                                                                AAOMS Awards Brochure
                                                                                AAOMS Officers and Trustees
                                                                                2015-2016 Governing Rules & Regulations
                                                                                2015-2016 AAOMS Committees
                                                                                2015 Actions of the House of Delegates

                                                                                  Proof of Human Subject Protection and Ethical Training

                                                                                  Proof of Human Subject Protection and Ethical Training

                                                                                  There are several options in human subject protection and ethical training.  If you have not completed this training in the last 2 years, you will need to become certified.  AAOMS suggests completing the NIH training for human subject protection and ethical training at no cost.  To become certified go to phrp.nihtraining.com.  If you are currently certified by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI) for human subject protection and ethical training, you may submit proof of the training to fulfill this requirement.

                                                                                  1. The link to the site is https://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php
                                                                                  2. Register as a new user and create a password.  
                                                                                  3. You may proceed through the entire training at one time, or you can complete one module at a time and go back at a later time.  Your record of completion progress is maintained in the system. 
                                                                                  4. The course consist of 7 parts and is based on 3 principles: Respect for People, Beneficence and Justice
                                                                                  5. 4 of the modules have short quizzes which have to be successfully completed 
                                                                                  6. Upon completion of the training, you will be prompted to print your certificate. You can also earn CME credit.
                                                                                  7. The estimated time for completion of the training can be from 45 minutes up to two hours.

                                                                                    2015 Keynote Address

                                                                                    Socialnomics: It's a People-Driven Economy

                                                                                    Has your practice experienced the effects of Socialnomics yet? Erik Qualman wrote the book on Socialnomics, which he defines as the ability of social media to generate positive returns for individuals and businesses, including your OMS practice.

                                                                                    Erik discusses the present and future of social media institutions such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Pinterest, and believes that in the future the public will no longer search for products and services, but will find us via social media.

                                                                                    Called a "Digital Dale Carnegie," Erik Qualman's Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business, made Amazon's #1 Best Sellers List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany.

                                                                                    As social media gains popularity and continues to expand, learn to position your OMS practice to take advantage of the movement and use its potential to improve your services and community outreach. Plan to attend this enlightening lecture on Wednesday, September 30, and discover how Socialnomics can work for you.

                                                                                      Exhibit Excursion

                                                                                      October 1-3, 2015

                                                                                      Walter E. Washington Convention Center
                                                                                      Washington, DC

                                                                                      Exhibit Excursion Prize Winners
                                                                                      Residents

                                                                                      Timothy Murphy
                                                                                      Jessica Lee
                                                                                      Brett Bezak
                                                                                      Brandon Reddinger
                                                                                      Tae Youn
                                                                                      Sam Bae
                                                                                      Samuel Liu
                                                                                      Ashleigh Weyh
                                                                                      Stephanie Zastrow
                                                                                      Brad Robinson
                                                                                      Aaron Figueroa
                                                                                      Duranceau Maxime
                                                                                      Anastasia Haupt
                                                                                      Joseph Perrone
                                                                                      David Cummins
                                                                                      Hugo Martinez
                                                                                      Aaron Figueroa
                                                                                      Donald Roland
                                                                                      Christopher Ban
                                                                                      Anthony Fasi
                                                                                      Pierre-Luc Aubry
                                                                                      Brad Robinson
                                                                                      Luke L’Heureux
                                                                                      Suzanne Parrish
                                                                                      Yasser Alali
                                                                                      Dustin Haupt
                                                                                      Michael Johnson
                                                                                      Adam Fisher
                                                                                      Majd Haddad
                                                                                      Firat Selvi
                                                                                      Michael Backer
                                                                                      Don Roland
                                                                                      Sarah Spring
                                                                                      Christopher Ryan Wells
                                                                                      Ryan Patel
                                                                                      Matthew Sherban
                                                                                      Russell Walter
                                                                                      Nicoholas Gregory
                                                                                      Ray Lim
                                                                                      Yedeh Ying
                                                                                      Kevin Robertson
                                                                                      Nas Sedigi
                                                                                      Jason Thompson
                                                                                      Rian Cho
                                                                                      Igor Makovey
                                                                                      Arshad Kaleem
                                                                                      Thomas Bouten
                                                                                      David Drake
                                                                                      Jamison Metcalf
                                                                                      Matt Holman
                                                                                      Mohammad Tofigh
                                                                                      Victoria Seto
                                                                                      Mondy Paige

                                                                                      Professional Allied Staff

                                                                                      Mary Catherine Peterson
                                                                                      Heather Glass
                                                                                      Saylor Bennett-Dux
                                                                                      Dakota Williamson
                                                                                      Garrett Wharton
                                                                                      Vetia Louis
                                                                                      Myrdle Benerayan
                                                                                      Brenda Hanshow
                                                                                      Kristen Lopez
                                                                                      Carrie Riniger
                                                                                      Dawn Uyeunten
                                                                                      Kendra Phillips
                                                                                      Debra Spangler

                                                                                      Play the AAOMS Annual Meeting Exhibit Excursion Game — Exclusively for OMS Residents and Professional Allied Staff. Qualify to win valuable prizes just by visiting exhibitor booths in the exhibit hall!

                                                                                      • Bring your game card with you to the annual meeting exhibit hall. (Game cards will be provided in your registration packet.)
                                                                                      • Visit exhibitor booths during the 3-day exhibition in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am-noon*.
                                                                                      • Obtain a sticker from each exhibitor you visit and affix it to your game card.
                                                                                      • Collect a minimum of 20 exhibitor stickers, 2 of which must be red stickers obtained from excursion game prize contributors. Check back later this summer for the list of contributors and prizes.
                                                                                      • Bring your completed card to "The Zone" in aisle 800 of the exhibit hall to be entered into daily drawings.
                                                                                      • Have fun!

                                                                                      *Daily prize drawings will be held in The Zone on Thursday, October 1, 3:30pm; on Friday, October 2, at 10:30 am, noon and 3:30 pm; and on Saturday, October 3, at 12:30 pm. Game cards must be submitted before 12:15 pm Saturday to be eligible for prizes. Winners' names will be posted in THE ZONE. Winners need not be present to win.

                                                                                      CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBIT EXCURSION OFFICIAL GAME RULES

                                                                                      Game Prize Contributors:

                                                                                      AAOMS Membership Services (Booth 836)
                                                                                      AAOMS Resource Center (Booth 830)
                                                                                      Alpine Pharmaceuticals* (Booth 1354)
                                                                                      American Dental Partners (Booth 851)
                                                                                      Bank of America Practice Solutions (Booth 1152)
                                                                                      BioHorizons (Booth 810)
                                                                                      BMT Medizintechnik GmbH (Booth 760)
                                                                                      BTI of North America (Booth 548)
                                                                                      CAOMS* (Booth 730)
                                                                                      CareCredit (Booth 1106)
                                                                                      Cincinatti Surgical (Booth 646)
                                                                                      Citagenix (Booth 761)
                                                                                      ClinicSpectrum (Booth 140)
                                                                                      Doctor.com* (Booth 1822)
                                                                                      Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions* (Booth 1236)
                                                                                      Elsevier (Booth 818)
                                                                                      Geistlich Biomaterials* (Booth 1218)
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision (Booth 805)
                                                                                      Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (Booth 531)
                                                                                      KLS Martin* (Booth 603)
                                                                                      LED Dental (Booth 863)
                                                                                      Lending Club Patient Solutions (Booth 1808)
                                                                                      Lester Dine Inc* (Booth 448)
                                                                                      Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Booth 731)
                                                                                      Mortara Instrument, Inc (Booth 633)
                                                                                      NEA/National Electronic Attachment* (Booth 1111)
                                                                                      Nuell, Inc. (Booth 1007)
                                                                                      OMS Exclusively* (Booth 522)
                                                                                      OMS National Insurance Company (Booth 737)
                                                                                      Optum360 (Booth 1816)
                                                                                      Pacific Dental Services (Booth 631)
                                                                                      PBHS* (Booth 1220)
                                                                                      PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals Inc (Booth 1010)
                                                                                      Preferred MedSurg Inc (Booth 1815)
                                                                                      Pro Med Sales Inc* (Booth 1351)
                                                                                      Renew Digital (Booth 1133)
                                                                                      Sabra Dental Products (Booth 819)
                                                                                      SockIt! Gel (Booth 644)
                                                                                      Southern Anesthesia & Surgical Inc* (Booth 1003)
                                                                                      Straumann (Booth 1603)
                                                                                      Sunstar Americas, Inc (Booth 846)
                                                                                      Transworld Systems Inc (Booth 1109)
                                                                                      Treloar & Heisel* (Booth 1037)
                                                                                      *Has contributed a prize valued $500 or greater

                                                                                       

                                                                                      Professional Allied Staff Prizes
                                                                                      Prize Contributor Prize Value
                                                                                      AAOMS Membership Services iPad Mini $250.00
                                                                                      AAOMS Resource Center AAOMS Publications Gift Certificate $50.00
                                                                                      CAOMS Canadian Gourmet Gift Basket (non-perishable) $50.00
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision American Express Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision American Express Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau Selfie Stick $15.00
                                                                                      Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau Selfie Stick $15.00
                                                                                      Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau Selfie Stick $15.00
                                                                                      Lending Club Patient Solutions Boston Lobster Bake dinner for two $139.00
                                                                                      NEA/National Electronic Attachment American Express Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      Nuell, Inc. Visa Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Optum360 2016 Coding Guide for OMS voucher $199.95
                                                                                      Preferred MedSurg Inc Fitbit Charge HR $149.95
                                                                                      Total    $1,134

                                                                                       

                                                                                       

                                                                                      OMS Resident Prizes
                                                                                      Prize Contributor Prize Value
                                                                                      AAOMS Membership Services OMSKU V Chapter - claim by 12/31/15 $100.00
                                                                                      AAOMS Membership Services OMSKU V Chapter - claim by 12/31/15 $100.00
                                                                                      AAOMS Membership Services iPad Mini $250.00
                                                                                      AAOMS Resource Center AAOMS Publications Gift Certificate $50.00
                                                                                      Alpine Pharmaceuticals 16 SIN ECCH (Homeopathic Arnica for Post-Op Recovery-Shelf Pack) $319.00
                                                                                      Alpine Pharmaceuticals 16 SIN ECCH (Shelf Pack) $319.00
                                                                                      Alpine Pharmaceuticals 64 SIN ECCH (Shelf Pack) $960.00
                                                                                      American Dental Partners Visa or Amex Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      Bank of America Practice Solutions Nike Golf Bag $100.00
                                                                                      BioHorizons iPad Air $399.00
                                                                                      BMT Medizintechnik GmbH Voucher $400.00
                                                                                      BTI of North America Text Book: Peri-implantitis $200.00
                                                                                      CAOMS Authentic Canadian Premium Gift $50.00
                                                                                      CAOMS 2016 Annual Conference Registration (Res or Aux Staff) $500.00
                                                                                      CareCredit Go Pro Hero All in One  $129.99
                                                                                      Cincinatti Surgical 1 box Cincinatti Surgical brand blades of choice $50.00
                                                                                      Citagenix Voucher $400.00
                                                                                      ClinicSpectrum Drone w/Live Broadcast and Recording $349.00
                                                                                      Doctor.com Doctor.com Review Hub & 3 Months Review Syndication Svc $3,300.00
                                                                                      Dolphin Imaging & Management Solutions 1 Dolphin 3D Software $7,495.00
                                                                                      Elsevier Book Certificate $250.00
                                                                                      Elsevier Book Certificate $250.00
                                                                                      Geistlich Biomaterials Geistlich Products Gift Certificate $500.00
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision Visa Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision American Express Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision American Express Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Henry Schein OMS Vision American Express Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Intersocietal Accreditation Commission American Express Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      KLS Martin Sapphire Headlight $2,500.00
                                                                                      KLS Martin Sapphire Headlight $2,500.00
                                                                                      LED Dental Amazon Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Lester Dine Inc Photography Accessory Kit Including: Pixelease Imaging Software, Intra-Oral Mirror, Cheeck Retractor, Dental Contrastor $500.00
                                                                                      Mortara Instrument, Inc Ipad Mini $250.00
                                                                                      NEA/National Electronic Attachment American Express Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      NEA/National Electronic Attachment iPad Mini, and a FREE FastSites Basic Dental Website (includes waived registration fees and 3 months free maintenance services)  Rules will apply to website services post 3-month agreement $639.00
                                                                                      Nuell, Inc. Visa Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      OMS Exclusively REI Gift Card $500.00
                                                                                      OMS National Insurance Company American Express Gift Card $200.00
                                                                                      Optum360 2016 Coding Guide for OMS voucher $199.95
                                                                                      Pacific Dental Services Visa Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      PBHS $500 towards Website Services $500.00
                                                                                      PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals Inc Visa Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      Preferred MedSurg Inc Fitbit Charge HR $149.95
                                                                                      Preferred MedSurg Inc Fitbit Charge HR $149.95
                                                                                      Pro Med Sales Inc Predator Pain Cream Bundle (4 bottles) $60.00
                                                                                      Pro Med Sales Inc Predator Pain Cream Bundle (4 bottles) $60.00
                                                                                      Pro Med Sales Inc Predator Pain Cream Bundle (4 bottles) $60.00
                                                                                      Pro Med Sales Inc Gift Certificate toward purchase of Criticare 8100EP1 Monitor $500.00
                                                                                      Renew Digital Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer150. $150.00
                                                                                      Sabra Dental Products Sabra Surgical Burs-Dr's Choice $100.00
                                                                                      SockIt! Gel SockIt! Gel Intro Kit $81.00
                                                                                      Southern Anesthesia & Surgical Inc Visa Gift Card $50.00
                                                                                      Southern Anesthesia & Surgical Inc Visa Gift Card $500.00
                                                                                      Straumann Post Graduate ITI Membership, 1 yr digital only membership w/100 Academy credits for the ITI online Academy $190.00
                                                                                      Sunstar Americas, Inc Amazon Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      Transworld Systems Inc Visa Gift Card $100.00
                                                                                      Treloar & Heisel Complimentary Financial Planning Service $1,500.00
                                                                                      Total    $28,761

                                                                                        Vegas Venture

                                                                                        October 1-3, 2015

                                                                                        Walter E. Washington Convention Center
                                                                                        Washington, DC
                                                                                         

                                                                                        Congratulations to AAOMS Fellow Dr. Pamela Louise Alberto, the 2015 Vegas Venture Winner!

                                                                                        Play the AAOMS Annual Meeting Vegas Venture Game — exclusively for AAOMS Fellows and Members.

                                                                                        Qualify to win a special VIP package for the 2016 AAOMS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas – just by visiting exhibitor booths in the exhibit hall!

                                                                                        • Bring your game card with you to the annual meeting exhibit hall. (Game cards will be provided in your registration packet.)
                                                                                        • Visit exhibitor booths during the 3-day exhibition in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center: Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am-noon*.
                                                                                        • Obtain a sticker from each exhibitor you visit and affix it to your game card.
                                                                                        • Bring your completed card to "The Zone" in aisle 800 of the exhibit hall to be entered into the grand prize drawing.
                                                                                        • Have fun!

                                                                                        *Game cards must be submitted before 12:15 pm Saturday to be eligible for the grand prize.

                                                                                        CLICK HERE FOR VEGAS VENTURE OFFICIAL GAME RULES

                                                                                         

                                                                                        Vegas Venture Grand Prize Package
                                                                                        Prize package provided by AAOMS, Las Vegas Convention Visitors Authority Members, and Mandalay Bay Hotel Resort & Casino Value
                                                                                        One 2016 Annual Meeting General Registration $595
                                                                                        One round-trip economy airfare to Las Vegas, NV from within the continental US on the airline of your choice (up to $750) $750
                                                                                        One full set of AAOMS 2016 Annual Meeting session recordings $599
                                                                                        Two tickets to the 2016 Annual Meeting Presidents Event  $190
                                                                                        A complimentary three-day, two-night stay in a luxurious King Suite at the Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino during the AAOMS 2016 Annual Meeting  Provided by Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino $700
                                                                                        Up to $250 toward a dinner for two at your choice of one of the following restaurants: Aureole, Fleur by Hubert Keller, Rick Moonen's RM Seafood, or STRIPSTEAK 
                                                                                        Provided by Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
                                                                                        $250
                                                                                        Complimentary round trip limousine transfer from McCarran Airport 
                                                                                        Provided by Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
                                                                                        $120
                                                                                        Two tickets to a Las Vegas Production show of your choice:  Cirque du Soliel, Jersey Boys, Mariah Carey, Elton John, etc.
                                                                                        Provided by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
                                                                                        $500
                                                                                        A Tumi tote, Tumi international adaptor, and Mophi external cell phone charger for your travels
                                                                                        Provided by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
                                                                                        $150
                                                                                        Total Prize Package Value $3,854

                                                                                          AAOMS ICD-10-CM Reference Card

                                                                                          The ICD-9 to ICD-10-CM Reference Card puts the new ICD-10-CM codes reliably at your fingertips! This two-sided, laminated chart lists the most commonly used OMS-related codes in the old ICD-9-CM coding system and compares them to their counterparts in the new ICD-10-CM system. With the increased specificity of ICD-10 and its additional diagnosis codes, this guide will become an essential tool for your entire coding and billing staff. Member cost: $35. http://www.aaomsstore.com/

                                                                                            Rendering, Ordering or Referring Services for Medicare Beneficiaries: Are You Sure You’re Eligible?

                                                                                            Many OMSs may not be aware that they are not eligible to render, order, or refer services for Medicare beneficiaries because of their Medicare enrollment status. The CMS requires all physicians and non-physician practitioners who render or order items or services, or refer Medicare beneficiaries to other Medicare providers or suppliers for services, to have current enrollment records in Medicare or to have submitted a valid opt-out affidavit. If you have not enrolled or properly opted out, CMS does not consider you eligible to render, order or refer Medicare services.

                                                                                            A current enrollment record is one that is in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) and also contains the physician/non-physician practitioner's National Provider Identifier (NPI). A physician or non-physician practitioner who renders, orders, or refers and who does not have a current enrollment record that contains the NPI, will cause the claim submitted by the Part B provider/supplier who furnished the ordered or referred item or service to be rejected. Providers may enroll in Medicare via the CMS 855-O, CMS 855-I, or CMS 855-B or may formally opt out by submitting an opt-out affidavit to their local Medicare carrier.

                                                                                            • CMS 855-O: For Eligible Physicians and Non-Physician Practitioners Who Only Order or Refer Services
                                                                                              • For physicians and non-physician practitioners who do not and will not send claims to a Medicare carrier for the services they furnish. Physicians who complete this application cannot bill the Medicare beneficiary for any services performed that would have otherwise been covered by Medicare.
                                                                                              • This application should only be submitted if the physician or non-physician practitioner renders excluded Medicare services and only plans to refer those beneficiaries to another Medicare physician, or order covered services for the Medicare beneficiary such as Part D prescriptions, surgery, pathology, or radiology.
                                                                                            • CMS 855-I: For Physicians and Non-Physician Practitioners Who Render Covered Services
                                                                                              • For physicians and non-physician practitioners who are interested in enrolling in the Medicare program and/or who may already be enrolled in the Medicare program, but have not submitted the 855-I form since 2003.
                                                                                              • This application should be submitted by those who plan on treating Medicare beneficiaries and submitting claims to Medicare for the services rendered.
                                                                                            • CMS 855-B: Medicare Enrollment Application for Clinics, Group Practices, and Certain Other Suppliers
                                                                                              • A medical practice or clinic that will bill for Medicare Part B services (e.g., group practices, clinics, independent laboratories, portable x-ray suppliers).
                                                                                              • Ambulatory surgical centers, group clinics or practices.
                                                                                            • Opt-out Affidavit:
                                                                                              • For physicians and non-physician practitioners who are interested in providing care to Medicare beneficiaries, but do not want to submit claims to Medicare.
                                                                                              • This affidavit should be submitted to one’s local Medicare carrier when a physician or non-physician practitioner would like to forgo Medicare claims and enter into a private contract with each Medicare beneficiary they treat. The private contract must explain that they have opted out and will not submit claims to Medicare, therefore the Medicare beneficiary is responsible for payment. Opt-out periods are two years.  If opted-out after June 2015 the opt-out period will automatically renew.  If opted out prior to June 2015, an affidavit must be within two years if an OMS wishes to continue to privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries.
                                                                                              • Physicians and non-physician practitioners who opt-out must refer any Medicare beneficiaries to a Medicare provider if the beneficiary chooses they do not want to be responsible for payment.
                                                                                              • Opted-out provider are permitted to refer and order services such as pathology, radiology, and Part D prescriptions since formally opted out providers are added to Medicare’s provider database.

                                                                                            A CMS document titled Medicare Enrollment Guidance for Physicians that Infrequently Receive Reimbursement from the Medicare Program provides guidance to providers who are in fellowships, are federal employees or are employed by qualified health centers, rural health clinics or critical access hospitals. Since enrollment for these types of practitioners is unique, CMS has modified the process to accommodate their special circumstances. For specific details on which sections of the enrollment application need to be completed by providers enrolling solely to order and refer also review page 3 of the Medicare Learning Network Article.

                                                                                            AAOMS strongly encourages all OMSs who render, order or refer services for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in PECOS.  For additional information visit the Medicare Provider-Supplier Enrollment pages of the CMS Web site.  Please note also that practice staff can legally complete their doctor’s enrollment in PECOS through the PECOS surrogate program. 

                                                                                            Note: Opting-out of Medicare also applies to Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans and therefore may indirectly affect your plan participation with some dental plans, if those dental plans offer coverage under MA plans at an extra premium. Some dental plan contracts contain "all products" clauses which obligate a provider to accept beneficiaries from all of that plan's products, including MA Plans. One's decision to opt-out of Medicare and inability to submit to MA dental claims may be a contract violation causing termination from that dental plan. Also, contact any hospitals you may have hospital privileges with. The AAOMS has become aware that many hospitals will not allow physicians or non-physician practitioners who have hospital privileges to be opted-out of Medicare.

                                                                                              Welcome Back

                                                                                              ONE lucky winner will be notified at the end of August.
                                                                                              Complete TWO SIMPLE STEPS:
                                                                                              1. Visit AAOMS.org/LasVegas to register for the AAOMS 98th Annual Meeting. (Have you already registered? Then you're halfway there!)
                                                                                              2. Complete the required fields and submit the online entry form below.  

                                                                                              Drawing Eligibility Requirements

                                                                                              1. Must be an AAOMS fellow or member who has not attended any of the past five AAOMS Annual Meetings.
                                                                                              2. Must be registered for the 98th AAOMS Annual Meeting.
                                                                                              3. Must complete both the annual meeting registration and online entry forms by August 22, 2016.

                                                                                              Regulations

                                                                                              The winner will be selected by a random drawing from among the eligible participants. The odds of winning can be expressed as the ratio of one entry to the total number of eligible entries for the drawing. Decisions of the AAOMS regarding selection of the winner and all other aspects of the drawing shall be final and binding in all respects. No substitutions are allowed by the winner. The conduct of the drawing and the disposition of prize are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws including tax laws.

                                                                                               †Includes general registration fee only. Excludes ticketed events.

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                                                                                                The AAOMS PQRS Wizard

                                                                                                The AAOMS PQRSWizard can assist you in avoiding Medicare payment reductions associated with not participating in the Medicare PQRS program. The PQRSWizard is a fast, convenient, and cost-effective online tool to help you collect and report quality measures and submit them to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The PQRSWizard webpage contains a full instructional video for those who may be just getting started using the PQRS Wizard. This video explains that the PQRSWizard will recommend a reporting product based on your practice. Please visit the AAOMS website for more information on both the PQRS program and the PQRSWizard

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                                                                                                      Enter the password you received via email to download the handout. Additional materials will be posted after the Anesthesia Assistants Review Course.

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                                                                                                          Federal Issues Summary - 2015-2016

                                                                                                          FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM EFFORTS (THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT)

                                                                                                          The ACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010. While the law was upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2012, AAOMS continues to remain active on efforts to influence/amend through the legislative/regulatory process specific provisions of the law that impact OMS practices.

                                                                                                          Repeal of the Medical Device Excise Tax

                                                                                                          The ACA includes a provision that requires a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices that is collected at the point of sale. This tax applies to many of the devices used by OMSs.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Sent letters in 2015 to Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) expressing support for their legislation (HR 160, S 149) to repeal the device tax.
                                                                                                          2. Advocated for this issue as an AAOMS priority at the 2015 Day on the Hill.
                                                                                                          3. AAOMS maintains an active grassroots congressional letter-writing campaign on the issue.

                                                                                                          Success!
                                                                                                          A 2-year moratorium on the tax was enacted in Dec. 2015. AAOMS continues to advocates for a full repeal.

                                                                                                          Repeal of the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

                                                                                                          The 15-member IPAB, which was conceived as a cost control mechanism for the Medicare program and created under the ACA, does not adequately understand the needs of providers and their patients. It holds a great deal of power over Medicare and health care decisions, yet is completely unaccountable to the public.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Joined a 2015 coalition comment letter that expressed support for repeal of the IPAB.
                                                                                                          2. Advocated for this issue as a secondary priority at the 2015 and 2016 Days on the Hill.
                                                                                                          3. AAOMS maintains an active grassroots congressional letter-writing campaign on the issue.

                                                                                                          Success!
                                                                                                          The IPAB has not been funded or implemented since the ACA was enacted. AAOMS continues to advocates for a full repeal.

                                                                                                          Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

                                                                                                          The ACA imposed several restrictions on employee contributions to FSAs and HSAs.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Sent a letter to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) expressing support for his legislation, the RAISE Health Benefits Act (HR 1185) to (1) cancel the FSA “use-it-or-lose-it” rule (2) increase the annual FSA contribution limit to $5,000 and (3) allow families with more than two dependents to deposit up to $500 a year to their FSA for each additional dependent.
                                                                                                          2. Sent a letter to Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) expressing support for his legislation (HR 1196) to (1) double the annual HSA contribution limit to $6,600 per year for individuals and $13,200 per year for families and (2) expand HSA availability beyond just those with high deductible plans.
                                                                                                          3. Joined an Organized Dentistry Coalition (ODC) comment letter that expressed support for HR 1185.
                                                                                                          4. Organized an ODC coalition letter to the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Health urging support for HR 1185 in response to the subcommittee's May 17, 2016 hearing on modernizing the tax code to improve health care.
                                                                                                          5. Advocated for this issue as an AAOMS priority at the 2015 and 2016 Days on the Hill.
                                                                                                          6. AAOMS maintains an active grassroots congressional letter-writing campaign on the issue.
                                                                                                          ANTITRUST REFORM

                                                                                                          The “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act” (HR 494) would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act to revoke the federal antitrust exemption for health insurance companies. This would help to prohibit unfair competitive business practices in the health insurance industry.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Sent a letter to bill sponsor and dentist Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) expressing support for HR 494.
                                                                                                          2. Signed onto an ODC comment letter to Rep. Gosar that expressed support for HR 494.
                                                                                                          3. Advocated in support of antitrust reform as a secondary priority at the 2015 and 2016 Days on the Hill.
                                                                                                          NON-COVERED SERVICES/ERISA REFORM

                                                                                                          AAOMS supports legislation enacted in more than 37 states to prevent insurers from capping provider fees on dental services in which they do not cover. The DOC Access Act (HR 3323) would extend this prohibition to federally-regulated plans such as ERISA plans.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Signed onto an ODC Letter to sponsor Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) expressing support for HR 3323.
                                                                                                          2. Advocated in support of HR 3323 as a priority issue at the 2016 Day on the Hill.

                                                                                                          The “Dental Insurance Fairness Act” (HR 1677) would improve value and transparency in health coverage by applying coordination and assignment of benefits requirements to self-insured group health plans (ERISA) that provide dental benefits.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Sent a letter to bill sponsor and dentist Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) expressing support for HR 1677.
                                                                                                          2. Joined an ODC comment letter that expressed support for HR 1677.
                                                                                                          STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT REFORM

                                                                                                          Student loan debt is a significant national problem, particularly for new graduates, and can play an influential role in career decisions, including with OMS residents.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Joined an ODC comment letter that expressed support for the Student Loan Interest Deduction Act (HR 509), which would increase the allowable student loan interest deduction from $2,500/year to $5,000/year and also eliminate the legal limit on how much income an individual can earn to claim the deduction.
                                                                                                          2. Signed onto ODC comment letters in 2015 and 2016 that expressed support for the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act (S 536), which would amend the tax code to provide health care professionals who receive student loan repayments from the Indian Health Service (IHS) the same tax free status enjoyed by those who receive National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayments.
                                                                                                          3. Advocated for student loan repayment reform as an AAOMS priority at the 2015 and 2016 Days on the Hill.
                                                                                                          4. AAOMS maintains an active grassroots congressional letter-writing campaign on the student debt reform issue.
                                                                                                          ACCESS TO CARE

                                                                                                          AAOMS encourages members of Congress to ensure oral health care services are given the utmost consideration in legislative proposals and actions when addressing access to care issues.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Signed onto an ODC comment letter that expressed support for the Action for Dental Health Act (HR 539), which would allow organizations to qualify for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) oral health grants to support activities that improve oral health education and dental disease prevention.
                                                                                                          PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

                                                                                                          The nationwide prescription drug abuse epidemic has caught the attention of Congress and federal health officials through the introduction of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting the way OMSs provide pain relief to their patients.

                                                                                                          AAOMS ACTION:

                                                                                                          1. Discussed AAOMS's efforts to combat prescription drug abuse with members of Congress during the 2016 AAOMS Day on the Hill
                                                                                                          2. Sent letters in support of legislation (HR 4599/S 2578) to allow for partial filling of Schedule II drugs.
                                                                                                          3. Partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and the National Institute for Drug Abuse to develop CE programs for AAOMS members.
                                                                                                          4. Sent a letter in May 2016 to Sen. Durbin (R-IL) outlining AAOMS's efforts to educate our members on opioid abuse.

                                                                                                            2015 President’s Event

                                                                                                            A Night at the Newseum!

                                                                                                            Enjoy this special evening of good food, dancing, and camaraderie amid the exhibits and features of Washington, DC’s newest interactive museum.

                                                                                                            Located between the White House and the US Capital building, the Newseum offers a unique look at the five freedoms of the First Amendment

                                                                                                            Dynamic exhibits include:

                                                                                                            • A special 150th anniversary retrospective of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination news coverage
                                                                                                            • The unforgettable Berlin Wall Gallery
                                                                                                            • Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs
                                                                                                            • Many more historic news and journalism moments
                                                                                                             

                                                                                                            You won’t want to miss this spectacular evening!

                                                                                                            Tickets for this event are $115. Tickets for children (under 21 years old) are $60 and must be purchased with an adult ticket. Subject to availability.

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                                                                                                                  Resident Educational Program

                                                                                                                  Purpose/Objectives

                                                                                                                  The ROAAOMS executive committee believes that residents need to be provided with essential non-clinical information that will assist them as they transition from residency to practice. This program is designed for senior residents to provide supplemental learning for OMS residents. Core educational topics include disability income/life insurance, professional liability/malpractice insurance, variety of practice management resources that provide essential skills for surgical practice, coding and billing information and more. In addition, residents will learn valuable information about AAOMS membership benefits and the board certification process.

                                                                                                                    New Investigators’ Day

                                                                                                                    Creating Success in an Academic Career. The influence of advanced training.

                                                                                                                    The 2015 New Investigators' Day Program is sponsored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation (OMSF). Developed by the Committee on Research Planning and Technology Assessment, the New Investigators' Day program promotes careers in education and research and provides mentoring opportunities for new faculty and residents and includes presentations on academic surgery as a career path.

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                                                                                                                    For more information about this event please contact the AAOMS Department of Advanced Education and Professional Affairs.

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                                                                                                                                AAOMS Education Staff Contact Information

                                                                                                                                If you have any questions regarding your scheduled presentation or about getting involved in future meetings, please contact any of the AAOMS staff below:

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                                                                                                                                    Tips for a Successful PowerPoint Presentation – Your PowerPoint will greatly aid you in presenting your information to your audience.
                                                                                                                                    The AAOMS requests that Annual Meeting and Dental Implant Conference speakers utilize AAOMS PowerPoint Templates, which will be provided before each event.

                                                                                                                                    Please confirm your presentation size with your staff contact.

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                                                                                                                                            OSHA Releases Respirator safety videos on YouTube

                                                                                                                                            OSHA posted two videos that address key safety concerns for healthcare workers using respirators and masks for protection from H1N1 influenza. The "Respirator Safety" video shows how to safely put on and take off common respirators including the N95 disposable respirator, and "The Difference between Respirators and Surgical Masks" explains how to use these types of personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to infectious diseases.

                                                                                                                                            For more information, please visit OSHA's Respiratory Protection page or the Department of Labor's YouTube channel.

                                                                                                                                              NIOSH and OSHA Release Safety Bulletin on Blunt-Tip Needles

                                                                                                                                              July 17th, 2007

                                                                                                                                              National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have jointly published a Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) designed to help protect surgical personnel from needle stick injuries while using suture needles. For more information, please visit the NIOSH Web site.

                                                                                                                                                What is the relationship between OSHA and NIOSH

                                                                                                                                                March 9th, 2009

                                                                                                                                                The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that researches and publishes worker safety recommendations. NIOSH does not publish "regulations" or enforce them, but NIOSH recommendations contain the latest U.S. Public Health Service guidelines. OSHA requires compliance with the latest U.S. Public Health Service guidelines for standards, such as bloodborne pathogens, so it is good a good idea to follow NIOSH recommendations so that you are in compliance with the corresponding OSHA regulation.

                                                                                                                                                  Hazardous drug resource in Spanish

                                                                                                                                                  May 19th, 2009

                                                                                                                                                  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has translated its "Workplace Solution-Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Workers Who Work with Hazardous Drugs" into Spanish. The article covers gloves; gowns; respiratory protection; eye and face protection; sleeve, hair, and shoe covers; and personal protective equipment disposal.

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                                                                                                                                                      Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

                                                                                                                                                      Matching programs have been implemented in a wide variety of professions and competitive recruitment situations, including: medicine, law, dentistry, accounting, pharmacy, podiatry, placement of university co-op students, and sororities.

                                                                                                                                                      Understand the Ethics and Professionalism Associated with the National Match

                                                                                                                                                      With a matching program, candidates continue to apply directly for positions, and applicants and recruiters evaluate each other in the usual manner, independent of the matching program. However, no offers are made to applicants during this process. Instead, after all evaluations are complete, each candidate submits to the matching program a list of desired positions in numerical order of preference (first choice, second choice, etc.). Similarly, each recruiter submits a list of desirable applicants, in preference order. The matching program then places individuals into positions based on these stated preferences; all offers, acceptances, rejections and final placements occur simultaneously.

                                                                                                                                                      What a matching program will accomplish

                                                                                                                                                      A matching program is an effective and fair means of implementing a standardized acceptance date. It allows recruiters and applicants to evaluate each other fully before offers are made, thus eliminating premature decisions based on incomplete information. All offers, acceptances or rejections occur at the same time. Therefore many common adverse situations are eliminated from the recruitment process, such as applicants hoarding multiple offers, applicants reneging on a prior acceptance in order to accept a more preferred subsequent offer, and recruiters overfilling the number of positions available.

                                                                                                                                                      What a matching program will not do

                                                                                                                                                      A Matching Program will not affect the number or quality of applicants or applications for positions, the number of applicants selected for interview, or the recruiters' ability to evaluate applicants. It is not a placement or executive search service, a centralized application service, or an advertising service. A Matching Program will not reduce the flexibility or freedom of choice applicants and recruiters now have in the selection process, and will not remove the control recruiters currently have in selecting applicants. It is not an impersonal, computerized assignment of applicants to positions; matches are based strictly on the preference lists submitted by both recruiters and applicants.

                                                                                                                                                      Services provided by NMS

                                                                                                                                                      National Matching Services Inc. provides both turnkey and consulting services to assist professions and organizations in the development, implementation and administration of Matching Programs.

                                                                                                                                                      Turnkey administration

                                                                                                                                                      Generally working under the supervision of one or more organizations representing the profession, NMS will take full responsibility for the administration of all aspects of a Matching Program, including development of educational materials, participant registration, data collection, performance of the match, distribution of results and preparation of statistics. NMS has experience in operating Matching Programs ranging from a large match involving more than 30,000 applicants for 25,000 positions offered by 4,000 different recruiters, to smaller matches involving less than 200 applicants for less than 100 positions offered by fewer than 30 recruiters.

                                                                                                                                                      Consulting services

                                                                                                                                                      NMS offers consulting services on all aspects of Matching Programs, including: the advisability and feasibility of initiating a Matching Program; assessment of the organization and resources required to implement and administer a Matching Program; and, operational review of the administration of a Matching Program to ensure it is functioning efficiently and effectively and in the best interests of both applicants and recruiters.

                                                                                                                                                      NMS has developed sophisticated proprietary software, operating on a range of computers from mainframes to microcomputers, that enables us to automate all aspects of Matching Programs that we administer. Alternatively, NMS will license this unique software to organizations that administer their own Matching Program, and will also customize the software to address any specific requirements.

                                                                                                                                                      How to contact the NMS

                                                                                                                                                      For further information on the application of a Matching Program, or on the services provided by National Matching Services Inc., please contact:

                                                                                                                                                      National Matching Services Inc.
                                                                                                                                                      595 Bay St., Suite 301, Box 29
                                                                                                                                                      Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2C2
                                                                                                                                                      Canada
                                                                                                                                                      Telephone: 416-977-3431
                                                                                                                                                      Fax: 416-977-5020 Email: matchinfo@natmatch.com
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.natmatch.com/dentres/

                                                                                                                                                      Sponsors
                                                                                                                                                      • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
                                                                                                                                                      • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
                                                                                                                                                      • American Association of Orthodontists
                                                                                                                                                      • American Association of Hospital Dentists
                                                                                                                                                      • American Student Dental Association
                                                                                                                                                      • American Dental Education Association
                                                                                                                                                      • Commission on Dental Accreditation

                                                                                                                                                        Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)

                                                                                                                                                        What is the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)?

                                                                                                                                                        ADEA PASS is a centralized application service, which has been designed by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for individuals applying to advanced dental education programs. The ADEA PASS Service is available to all individuals applying to the over 600 participating advanced dental education programs. ADEA PASS simplifies the application process by providing one standardized format, relieving applicants of the need to complete multiple applications. Dental programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants.

                                                                                                                                                        Most (but not all) programs that participate in the Match also participate in ADEA PASS. However, ADEA PASS and Match are separate and distinct services. Completing and submitting an application through ADEA PASS will not automatically register you for the Match. Similarly, applicants are not required to complete an ADEA PASS application in order to register for and participate in the Match. To obtain a position at a program that is participating in the Match you must register separately for the Match, which includes agreeing to the Match Applicant Agreement and paying the Match registration fee.

                                                                                                                                                        Which postdoctoral programs can participate?

                                                                                                                                                        To be eligible to participate in ADEA PASS, advanced dental education programs must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or be offered by a dental school that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Learn more...

                                                                                                                                                        Join today and experience the benefits that include:
                                                                                                                                                        • A fully online operation
                                                                                                                                                        • Recruitment support through the ADEA PASS Program Search Engine that makes your program visible to prospective applicants throughout North America and beyond
                                                                                                                                                        • Access to the comprehensive application management tool (WebAdMIT) that enables ADEAPASS participating programs to administer their application processing, applicant evaluation and selection, reporting, and candidate communication completely online.
                                                                                                                                                        • Utilize the special faculty reviewer feature through WebAdMIT that will allow you to securely designate your selection committee members to receive applicant files for on-screen read-only review.
                                                                                                                                                        • No cost to programs
                                                                                                                                                        How does ADEA PASS work?

                                                                                                                                                        There are two components to the full ADEA PASS application. The applicant must submit both (1) the electronic application and (2) the Required Documents listed below to initiate the processing of the application. ADEA PASS will only process complete applications.

                                                                                                                                                        Program directors receive a complete application. The application includes:

                                                                                                                                                        Documents ACCEPTED:

                                                                                                                                                        • Processing Fee
                                                                                                                                                        • One ETS® PPI for ADEA Report Learn more...
                                                                                                                                                        • Up to 2 Official Professional Evaluations (paper or eForms)
                                                                                                                                                        • Official Dental School Transcript(s)
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                                                                                                                                                        To obtain further information about PASS, and the programs which participate in PASS, please contact:

                                                                                                                                                        ADEA PASS Customer Service

                                                                                                                                                        ADEA PASS Customer Services Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern time except federal holidays.

                                                                                                                                                        Email: passinfo@passweb.org
                                                                                                                                                        Phone: 617/612.2065
                                                                                                                                                        ADEA PASS Application: portal.passweb.org

                                                                                                                                                          Coding Certificate Program

                                                                                                                                                          The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program (CCP) offers a coding and billing instruction series for OMSs and their staff unmatched in scope and detail anywhere else. This specialty-specific certificate program consists of three courses – Basic Coding, Beyond the Basics and OMS Billing. Basic Coding and OMS Billing are offered solely online allowing for maximum flexibility and convenience. The AAOMS believes that those who successfully complete this thorough program should be recognized for their accomplishment and proficiency in OMS coding. While not certification, AAOMS members and staff that complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion and special lapel pin as visible proof of their extensive knowledge of coding principles. Knowledge that will show immediate results – measurable, significant results – for your practice! For more information view frequently asked questions about the program.

                                                                                                                                                            HIPAA Transaction Operating Rules

                                                                                                                                                            April 29, 2013

                                                                                                                                                            The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all HIPAA covered entities to be compliant with the applicable HIPAA standards and associated operating rules. The ACA defines the operating rules for the HIPAA transaction standards as "the necessary business rules and guidelines for the electronic exchange of information that are not defined by a standard or its implementation specifications". There are three sets of operating rules that were created by the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE). CORE is an initiative implemented by the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH). The CAQH describes the operating rules as an addition to existing standards to make electronic transactions more predictable and consistent, regardless of the changing technology. Beyond reducing cost and administrative hassles, operating rules foster trust among all participants.

                                                                                                                                                            The CAQH CORE operating rules will offer physician practices the ability to determine a patient's eligibility and financial responsibility for specific services prior to or while the patient is still in the office so they may accept payment from patients at the time of service. Electronic eligibility verification will now provide the patient's co-payment, co-insurance and remaining deductible amounts, while the claim status feature will provide for timely acknowledgment and status reporting, including error and remark codes.

                                                                                                                                                            The first set of operating rules (Phase I and Phase II), implemented on January 1, 2013 were enforced March 31, 2013. Phase I and Phase II specify eligibility and claim status for HIPAA covered entities. More information on the first two phases can be found below:

                                                                                                                                                            The second set of operating rules (Phase III) has a compliance date of January 1, 2014 for all HIPAA covered entities. Phase III is for the implementation of the national operating rules for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA). More information on Phase II can be found below:

                                                                                                                                                            The third and final set of HIPAA operating rules effective as of January 1, 2016, will mandate health claims or equivalent encounter information, enrollment and disenrollment in a health plan, health plan premium payments, referral certification and authorization, and claims attachment. The third set of HIPAA operating rules is not categorized as a specific phase. More information on the third set of rules that will be implemented in 2016 can be found on the CAQH Timeline at http://www.caqh.org/ORMandate_timeline.php.

                                                                                                                                                            The CORE Phase descriptions can be found at on the Operating Rules page of the CAQH website at http://www.caqh.org/CORE_operat_rules.php. Those providers that electronically check patient eligibility or claims status are encouraged to work with their software vendors and/or clearinghouses to determine readiness.

                                                                                                                                                              NPI Guidelines for Practices with Multiple Locations

                                                                                                                                                              March 18, 2013

                                                                                                                                                              When a practice has multiple locations they often operate independently of each other and usually do their own billing. Many health plans consider each separate physical location to be a health care provider itself; and many of these health plans, including Medicare, reimburse for these items based on the geographic location where the items are dispensed to patients and not on the geographic location of the corporate headquarters.

                                                                                                                                                              When applying for an NPI, there are two different entity types to choose from. The first is Entity Type 1 that would be assigned to an individual who provides health care services using their individual SSN, and the second is an Entity Type 2 assigned for an organization providing health care services using their organization's Employer Identification Number (EIN). The NPI final rule, released in 2004 states that a designated health care component may in essence be assigned multiple NPIs if the health care component is made up of multiple health care providers at separate locations or "subparts". Therefore, if each practice location or "subpart" has its own EIN, then each location would require its own Type 2 NPI. However If each practice site or "subpart" operates under the same EIN, there would be certain criteria to determine if each "subpart" should have its own NPI. The separate locations generally:

                                                                                                                                                              • operate independently from the "parent "organization
                                                                                                                                                              • conduct its own HIPAA standard transactions (are assigned their own unique Entity Type 2 NPI)
                                                                                                                                                              • certified by the State separately from the "parent" organization

                                                                                                                                                              Every OMS/practice is responsible for determining the number of NPIs necessary, therefore AAOMS encourages all members to consult with a practice attorney, accountant, or consultant when applying for NPI's to ensure that claims processing is not interrupted.

                                                                                                                                                                HIPAA Security Guidance for Remote Use of and Access to Electronic Protected Health Information

                                                                                                                                                                January 29, 2007

                                                                                                                                                                CMS would like to announce the publication of the "Security Guidance for Remote Use" paper. This document is intended to provide HIPAA covered entities with general information on the risks and possible mitigation strategies for remote use of Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI), such as through the use of laptops, other portable and/or mobile devices and external hardware. This guidance document also explains CMS' minimal compliance expectations for covered entities seeking to safeguard EPHI that is accessed, stored or transported offsite. Please note this document only provides a general list of suggestions and is not meant to be comprehensive.

                                                                                                                                                                  OCR releases privacy rule disclosure guides for providers and patients

                                                                                                                                                                  March 9, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                  HHS' Office for Civil Rights has published two guides (one for healthcare providers, "Communicating with a Patient's Family, Friends, or Others Involved in the Patient's Care," and one for patients, "When Health Care Providers May Communicate About You with Your Family, Friends, or Others Involved in Your Care") that discuss when it is appropriate for providers to disclose PHI under HIPAA. The guides, address common questions about HIPAA privacy rule disclosures in a Q&A format. To access the guides, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/.

                                                                                                                                                                    HIPAA Version 5010 Non-specific Procedure Code Guidelines

                                                                                                                                                                    January 31, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                    The HIPAA Version 5010 is a new set of standards to replace the current standards that regulate the electronic transmission of specific healthcare transactions, including eligibility, claim status, referrals, claims and remittances. All HIPAA covered entities are required to comply. Failure to comply will result in interruptions with your business operations and rejected claims. The 5010 version has many requirements when filing a claim.

                                                                                                                                                                    The HIPAA Version 5010 Implementation guide is now mandating that unlisted codes provide a description of the procedure in order to be HIPAA compliant. An unlisted code is one that contains terms in their descriptor such as, "Not otherwise classified (NOC), unlisted, unspecified, unclassified, other, miscellaneous, prescription drug generic, or prescription drug brand name." When a code containing one of these descriptions is reported on the Version 5010 form, a procedure description of "Not otherwise classified" is needed. If this description is not included on the 5010 form, the claim may not be rejected, but the claim may be delayed for review.

                                                                                                                                                                    Along with the non-specific procedure code description, those filing a claim using the 5010 form must use a full address in the billing field (Not a PO Box), submit the full 9-digit zip code, and report anesthesia in minutes instead of units. The HIPAA Version 5010 was scheduled for a compliance date of January 1, 2012, but that date has been deferred until March 31, 2012.

                                                                                                                                                                    For a full list of the "Not Otherwise Classified (NOC)" code set, visit the CMS website at http://www.cms.gov/ElectronicBillingEDITrans/40_FFSEditing.asp. Also, for more information pertaining to the implementation of the HIPAA Version 5010 guide, visit the CMS Website.

                                                                                                                                                                      WHO surgery checklist

                                                                                                                                                                      In 2009, a study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that when implementing the use of their surgical checklist, surgical deaths and complications were lowered by one third. The WHO trialed the use of its surgical checklist in eight operating rooms (OR) in hospitals around the world and found that the death rate dropped from 1.5% to .8% and the rate of major complications from surgery fell to 7% from 11%. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, touches on aspects of the checklist that foster better communication in the OR. Taking time to make sure that all members of the operating team are on the same page and can voice any concerns they have proved to be a key part in lowering error rates. The WHO Checklist can be found at www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/tools_resources/SSSL_Checklist_finalJun08.pdf. An Implementation Manual can be found at www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/tools_resources/SSSL_Manual_finalJun08.pdf. More information can be found at www.who.int.

                                                                                                                                                                        COBRA

                                                                                                                                                                        The Department of Labor released on March 19, 2009 a notice announcing the availability of four COBRA model notices and 25 frequently asked questions regarding the COBRA health care continuation coverage premium reduction. More information can be found on the Department of Labor website.

                                                                                                                                                                          CPR Guidelines

                                                                                                                                                                          CPR guidelines were updated in 2012. For more information, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.

                                                                                                                                                                            OMS Key Legislative Contacts - Thank you

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                                                                                                                                                                              OMS Key Legislative Contacts

                                                                                                                                                                              Becoming an OMS Key Contact allows AAOMS members an opportunity to get involved in the specialty's advocacy efforts and provides AAOMS staff with access to valuable "go-to" contacts who have cultivated relationships with key legislators that may bolster the specialty's legislative and regulatory affairs efforts. OMS Key Contacts can play a vital role in helping to educate and activate lawmakers on legislation, regulation, or other actions on Capitol Hill that impact the specialty.

                                                                                                                                                                              As a key contact, your involvement may include:

                                                                                                                                                                              •  Adding a name and face to the specialty's voice on Capitol Hill by fostering an ongoing relationship with your 
                                                                                                                                                                                  federal legislator;
                                                                                                                                                                              •  Helping to shape policy at the federal level by communicating AAOMS's advocacy priorities through direct contact   
                                                                                                                                                                                  with federal lawmakers and their staff

                                                                                                                                                                                CMS develops new EHR Incentive for Health Professional Shortage Areas

                                                                                                                                                                                April 15th, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                CMS has developed a new EHR Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Modifier -AZ (Physician providing a service in a Dental health professional shortage area for the purpose of an Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment) which will allow eligible professionals (EP) to report claims rendered in a dental HPSA when the ZIP code does not fully fall within that dental HPSA.

                                                                                                                                                                                An EP who furnishes services predominately in a HPSA is eligible for a 10 percent increase in the maximum Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive payment amount, regardless of the type of HPSA in which the services were rendered. This means that any EP can perform services in any type of HPSA (primary care, mental health, or dental) and receive the increase in the maximum EHR HPSA incentive payment amount, as long as 50 percent or more of his/her services are performed in a HPSA.

                                                                                                                                                                                In order to allow EPs to report claims rendered in a dental HPSA when the ZIP code does not fully fall within that dental HPSA, EPs must use the new EHR HPSA modifier, -AZ which is effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2011. The new modifier will not affect the payment or calculation of the FFS geographic quarterly HPSA bonus. However, before using the modifier -AZ, be certain that your EHR meets all meaningful use criteria required for earning the EHR incentive. For more information visit the CMS website.

                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                  E-Prescribing Incentive and Penalty Reminder

                                                                                                                                                                                  June 17th, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                  As a reminder, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are eligible for the Medicare E-Prescribing Incentive that became effective under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). To be eligible, 10% of an OMS' Part B charges must be comprised of codes considered to be a "denominator" of performance measure G8553 (at least one e-prescription generated and transmitted electronically using a qualified e-prescribing system). Denominators include Evaluation and Management codes that are not part of a global surgical package.

                                                                                                                                                                                  In order to successfully e-prescribe (eRX) and earn the incentive, an OMS must generate and report via a "qualified e-prescribing system" one or more e-prescriptions associated with a patient visit with a minimum of 25 unique visits per year. However, in order to avoid the 2012 eRx payment adjustment of -1%, an eligible OMS must report on a minimum of 10 unique visits via claims from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011. Each visit must be accompanied by the eRx G-code attesting that during the patient visit at least one prescription was electronically prescribed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  CMS has established three hardship exemption codes for eligible providers to report in order to avoid the payment adjustment.

                                                                                                                                                                                  G8642-practices in a rural area without sufficient high speed internet access;

                                                                                                                                                                                  G8643-practices in an area without sufficient available pharmacies for e-prescribing;

                                                                                                                                                                                  G8644- does not have prescribing privileges.

                                                                                                                                                                                  CMS released a proposed rule on May 26, 2011 that may extend the reporting period to October 1, 2011 which will allow eligible OMS more time to submit the minimum of 10 visits as well as more hardship exemption options to avoid the payment penalty in 2012. Proposed exemptions include:

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Plan to participate in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive program in 2011 but delayed buying an e-Rx system.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Providers cannot e-prescribe due to state or federal law restrictions.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • An eligible professional who does not prescribe often.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Physicians who prescribe frequently but only for ineligible types of visits, such as surgical procedures.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Until this proposed rule is final, eligible providers will have to submit e-RXs for a minimum of 10 patient visits by June 30th in order to avoid the payment penalty. You may visit the AAOMS website for additional information on the E-Prescribing Incentive Program or the CMS website for complete details on the incentive program including a list of reportable denominators.

                                                                                                                                                                                    FDA Updates Safety Alert for Steris Processor

                                                                                                                                                                                    FEBRUARY 4TH, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) previously issued a safety alert in December for users of the Steris System 1 (SS1), which is a system for disinfecting and sterilizing instruments in healthcare facilities. The SS1 system is commonly used for surgical and endoscopy device disinfection and sterilization. After further consideration, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the deadline from a three-six month transition period to 18 months for healthcare facilities to transition away from using the Steris System 1 (SS1) processor. The "FDA now understands that a three-to-six-month transition period may present significant difficulties for some healthcare facilities, which could, in turn, adversely affect patient care," the agency said. Using the FDA's original December 2009 announcement of the six-month period, this week's extension would bring the deadline to August 2011. Steris has been critical of the FDA's stance, saying there has been no documented case of infection caused by the SS1 when the equipment is used properly. For additional information, including information on FDA cleared or approved medical devices, see the "Questions and Answers" document and list of FDA-cleared alternatives to the STERIS System 1 (SS1) device processing system on the FDA Web site.

                                                                                                                                                                                      OSHA and CDC Posters

                                                                                                                                                                                      JULY 17TH, 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                      Advertisements suggesting that workplace posters must be purchased from private companies continue to mislead offices. OSHA reminds places of employment that official OSHA posters are available free on their publications page. The CDC reports that healthcare facilities are receiving notices regarding hand hygiene requirements from private companies. Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings and accompanying educational posters may be downloaded, copied (without alteration) and distributed free of charge from the CDC's hand hygiene Web page. CDC encourages healthcare facilities who have additional questions about these advertisements to contact their state or local health department.

                                                                                                                                                                                        CDC Released New Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization

                                                                                                                                                                                        MARCH 9TH, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                        The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its "Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008." The guidelines present evidence-based recommendations on the preferred methods for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patient-care medical devices and for cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment. The brand-new 2008 guidelines do have a section on Dental Instruments. New subjects in the guidelines include inactivation of emerging pathogens; bioterrorist agents and bloodborne pathogens; toxicologic, environmental and occupational concerns associated with disinfection and sterilization practices; disinfection of patient-care equipment used in ambulatory and home care; inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and new sterilization processes. More information about the guidelines can be found on www.cdc.gov and www.osap.org .

                                                                                                                                                                                          CDC Updates H1N1 Guidance

                                                                                                                                                                                          DECEMBER 2ND, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                          CDC has updated its guidance on preventing transmission of 2009 H1N1 influenza in dental health care settings. Specific recommendations include encouraging all personnel to receive the seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccines, screening patients through reminder calls and at check-in for possible flu-like symptoms in order to reschedule non-urgent care for patients with influenza-like illness, and using an airborne infection isolation room, N95 respirators, and infection control measures for personnel or urgent care patients with influenza-like illness.

                                                                                                                                                                                            CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings

                                                                                                                                                                                            Infection Control in Dental Settings

                                                                                                                                                                                            Although the principles of infection control remain unchanged, new technologies, materials, equipment, and data require continuous evaluation of current infection control practices. The unique nature of many dental procedures, instruments, and patient care settings also may require specific strategies directed to preventing pathogen transmission among dental health care personnel and their patients.

                                                                                                                                                                                            CDC published the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings — 2003 for dental health care personnel. CDC's evidence-based recommendations guide infection control practices in dental offices nationally and globally; provide direction for the public, dental health care personnel and policymakers; and affect technology development in the dental industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Recommended infection control practices are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Spotlight

                                                                                                                                                                                            A recent report describes a cluster of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections among attendees of a 2-day portable dental clinic held in West Virginiain 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hepatitis B Frequently Asked Questions
                                                                                                                                                                                            These FAQs cover hepatitis B infections, vaccinations, chronic hepatitis B, serology, traveler’s health, and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Other Recommendations

                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuberculosis Infection Control Recommendations
                                                                                                                                                                                            The changing epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB) and discovery of new diagnostic methods prompted a revision of CDC's guidelines to prevent TB transmission in healthcare settings. View CDC's TB infection control recommendations for dental settings and learn how they should be incorporated into an infection control program.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Additional Resources

                                                                                                                                                                                            Prevention of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Dental Health Care Settings
                                                                                                                                                                                            In health care settings, MRSA most often is spread indirectly from patient to patient on the transiently contaminated hands of health care professionals. Standard Precautions has been shown to be an effective strategy in preventing transmission. Learn more at CDC’s About MRSA Skin Infections.
                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                            If Saliva Were Red: A Visual Lesson on Infection Control
                                                                                                                                                                                            The video training system, If Saliva Were Red, features an 8-minute video (VHS, CD-ROM) that uses dental professionals to highlight common infection control and safety flaws; the cross contamination dental personnel would see if saliva were red; and how controlling contamination by using personal barrier protection, safe work practices, and effective infection control products reduces the risk of exposure. Produced by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (see link below).

                                                                                                                                                                                            Related Links

                                                                                                                                                                                            American Dental Association Infection Control Resources

                                                                                                                                                                                            National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

                                                                                                                                                                                            Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

                                                                                                                                                                                            Safety and Health Topics for Dentistry from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

                                                                                                                                                                                            USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service

                                                                                                                                                                                              Blunt-Tip Needs

                                                                                                                                                                                              JULY 17TH, 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                              National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have jointly published a Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) designed to help protect surgical personnel from needle stick injuries while using suture needles. For more information, please visit the NIOSH Web site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Member Alert: I-Flow ON-Q Pump with ONDEMAND Bolus Button: Class I Recall - Risk of Continuous Infus

                                                                                                                                                                                                September 5th, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                The FDA has notified healthcare professionals that the I-Flow ON-Q Pump with ONDEMAND Bolus Button may not lock in the down position when depressed and/or the orange bolus refill indicator may stay in the lowest most position. When this occurs, the patient may receive continuous infusion at a rate greater than expected. As a result, this product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. See the Recall Notice for a listing of affected product numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                BACKGROUND: The On-Q pump with ONDEMAND bolus button is used for continuous and intermittent delivery of medicines (such as local anesthetics or narcotics) to or around surgical wound sites and/or to nearby nerves for pre-operative, during the procedure/surgery (perioperative), and for post-operative regional anesthetic and pain management.

                                                                                                                                                                                                RECOMMENDATION: On May 8, 2012, the firm sent an IMPORTANT VOLUNTARY RECALL NOTICE to its customers who purchased the ON-Q pump with ONDEMAND bolus button. Customers should identify all affected products within your inventory and Quarantine the affected products.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

                                                                                                                                                                                                [Recall Notice - FDA]

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Member Alert: Pallimed Solutions, Inc. Sterile Compound Products: Recall - Visible Particulates Obse

                                                                                                                                                                                                  April 1st, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pallimed Solutions, Inc. of Woburn, MA, doing business as Pallimed Pharmacy, is voluntarily recalling all sterile compound products dispensed since January 1, 2013, to the user level, including all strengths, all dose forms, and all products within expiry date. Recent inspections conducted by the FDA and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy found visible particulates (filaments) observed in vials of several different sterile compounded products.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The recall applies to the following sterile compound products dispensed since January 1, 2013, including all strengths, all dose forms, and all products within expiry date:


                                                                                                                                                                                                  Acetylcysteine Ophthalmic Solution Methylcobalamin - PF
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alprostadil in Ns Injection Mic with B6 & B12 Nandrolone Decanoate Injectible
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Atropine Injection Quadmix Injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bacteriostatic Water for Injection Bimix Injection Tacrolimus Ophthalmic
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buprenorphine Hcl, Veterinary Injection Testosterone Cypionate/Testosterone Enanthate Injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cidofovir Oph Solution Testosterone Cypionate Injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Diazepam Injectible Trimix Injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dmso Aqueous Irrigation 50% Vancomycin Opthalmic PF
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gentamicin Sulfate Irrigation Verapamil Injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hcg Chorionic Gonadotropin Hydroxyprogesterone Capr. (GS)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The potential public health risks are unknown as the particulate matter has not yet been identified. However, particulate matter has the potential to damage or obstruct blood vessels, which could induce emboli, cause systemic allergic reaction, or cause tissue responses to the foreign material.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  BACKGROUND: The products are used for a wide range of therapeutic uses, including for treatment of erectile dysfunction, testosterone replacement therapy, vitamin injections and ophthalmic preparations. All products are packaged in glass vials. All products were distributed to patients and/or physicians' offices through Friday, March 22, 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Products were distributed directly to patients and/or physicians' offices located in some or all of the following states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  RECOMMENDATION: Users or recipients should discontinue use and return the recalled products to Pallimed. All users who received any of the recalled products have been or will be notified by telephone, fax, electronic mail and/or regular mail of the recall. To return product, request assistance, or report complaints related to this recall, users should contact Pallimed at www.pallimed.com and by telephone at (781) 937-3344, Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pallimed Solutions, Inc Press Release

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Member Alert: FDA reports safety risk from tissue recovered at the Pacific Coast Tissue Bank of Los

                                                                                                                                                                                                    November 16th, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                    An FDA inspection conducted between April 24 and June 19, 2012, of Pacific Coast Tissue Bank in Los Angeles, California, a registered establishment that manufactures and distributes human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps), uncovered significant violations of 21 CFR 1271. The FDA has determined that the establishment does not provide adequate protections against the risks of communicable disease transmission due to these significant violations and that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the HCT/Ps pose a danger to health. As a result, on November 5, 2012, FDA issued an Order to Cease Manufacturing, Recall and Destroy of HCT/Ps to Pacific Coast Tissue Bank and its Medical Director, Eli Gendler, MD, PhD. The Order requires:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. the immediate cessation of all manufacturing until compliance with the regulations in 21 CFR 1271 has been achieved and FDA provides written authorization to resume such operations;
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. the destruction of all HCT/Ps that are in the establishment's possession; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. within five working days from the date of receipt of the Order, the recall and destruction of all HCT/Ps distributed since March 19, 2009, the date the establishment began manufacturing HCT/Ps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Specifically, FDA's inspection and record review noted significant noncompliance with the relevant federal regulations pertaining to HCT/Ps including, but not limited to, the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Failure to evaluate each incoming HCT/P for the presence and significance of microorganisms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Failure to validate and approve manufacturing processes according to established procedures.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Failure to process each HCT/P in a way that does not cause contamination or cross-contamination during processing, and that prevents the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable disease through the use of the HCT/P.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Failure to adequately control and monitor environmental conditions and provide proper conditions for operations, where environmental conditions could reasonably be expected to cause contamination or cross-contamination of HCT/Ps or equipment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Failure to clean, sanitize and maintain equipment according to established schedules.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Failure to maintain the processing facility in a good state of repair, adequate to prevent contamination of HCT/Ps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Based on the inspection findings, FDA believes the establishment has not taken adequate steps to provide protection against the risks of communicable disease transmission due to these serious violations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recommendations for Tissue Recipients

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FDA recommends that recipients of tissues manufactured at this establishment discuss with their primary care provider any illnesses or adverse reactions experienced after receiving the tissue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recommendations for Health Professionals

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Review the Order to Cease Manufacturing, Recall and Destroy issued to the Pacific Coast Tissue Bank and its Medical Director, Dr. Eli Gendler, for information on the nature of the establishment's violations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Promptly comply with the recall notification from Pacific Coast Tissue Bank.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Be alert for any adverse reactions occurring in tissue recipients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Related Information

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contact FDA at (800) 835-4709 or (301) 827-1800; ocod@fda.hhs.gov

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Member Alert: FDA Recalls Accutron, Inc. Ultra PC% Cabinet Mount Flowmeters for Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen

                                                                                                                                                                                                      October 25th, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Model Numbers: Affected Model and Serial numbers are available on the FDA's website

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Manufacturing and Distribution Dates: The affected product was manufactured from November 2009 to April 2009 and distributed from November 26, 2008, to June 9, 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Intended Use: The Ultra PC% flowmeter is used to control the flow of gases used in nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation systems. Nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation systems are used to sedate patients during certain dental procedures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recalling Firm:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Accutron, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1733 West Parkside Lane
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Phoenix, Arizona 85027-1382

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reason for Recall: The flowmeter may continue to release nitrous oxide gas when the oxygen is turned off. When not mixed with oxygen, inhaling nitrous oxide can lead to temporary and permanent brain damage and death.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FDA Comments:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Consumers with the affected flowmeters should stop using them and return the flowmeters to Accutron for a free replacement. The company notified distributors and customers of this recall by mail and is arranging for return and replacement of all recalled products.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Accutron voluntarily recalled the products after learning through two customer complaints that the flowmeter was flowing nitrous oxide gas without any oxygen gas flow. The company has reported that two complaints have been received for this flowmeter defect. No injuries have been reported to date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a Class I recall. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Health care professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experienced using these products at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/ HowToReport/default.htm, by regular mail, by telephone, or by FAX.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Member Alert: FDA to submit formal recommendation to reclassify hydrocodone combination products int

                                                                                                                                                                                                        October 25th, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Janet Woodcock, MD, Director, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has released a statement that, “by early December, FDA plans to submit our formal recommendation package to HHS to reclassify hydrocodone combination products [including Vicodin] into Schedule II.  We anticipate that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will concur with our recommendation. This will begin a process that will lead to a final decision by the DEA on the appropriate scheduling of these products.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Director Woodcock’s statement further notes that “the FDA has become increasingly concerned about the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which have sadly reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of the United States. While the value of and access to these drugs has been a consistent source of public debate, the FDA has been challenged with determining how to balance the need to ensure continued access to those patients who rely on continuous pain relief while addressing the ongoing concerns about abuse and misuse.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The FDA’s decision comes in response to a 2009 request from the Drug Enforcement Administration to reschedule hydrocodone from Schedule III to Schedule II. As of today, there is no opportunity for AAOMS to provide official comment; however, we have commented on this specific issue several times in the past and will continue to seek opportunities to comment on this latest action.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The AAOMS has worked closely with the ADA and others to alert the agencies about the benefits of hydrocodone for oral and maxillofacial surgery patients and the difficulties involved in making legitimate pain prescriptions available for these individuals should hydrocodone combination products be rescheduled. On October 16, 2012 the AAOMS and the ADA provided joint comments to the FDA and in January of 2013, the FDA accepted our joint testimony during a hearing on this important matter. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        We recognize that the FDA’s announcement will create a potential burden to the practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon. AAOMS will continue to monitor the situation closely and advocate for the specialty. 

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