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Starting a Practice

Below, please find links to more information to help you as you begin your practice. Should you need any additional information, please contact the Practice Management department at 800-822-6637.

AAOMS Practice Management Resources

AAOMS Products

Visit for valuable practice management resources, including:

AAOMS Meetings


When opening a practice, consideration should be given to obtaining accreditation from one of the nationally recognized accrediting bodies: (1) Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC); (2) The Joint Commission; and (3) Medicare Facility Certification. You may want to contact any of these organizations to request for fee information and copies of their (1) Survey Application; (2) Self-Assessment Checklist; and (3) Ambulatory Facility Accreditation Manual at the following Web sites or numbers:

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) 9933 Lawler Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077

The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (Deemed Status)
Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center - Federal Programs
Patricia Chmielewski, Deputy Director of the Division of Acute Care Services, at 410-786-6899 or


With regards to obtaining specific demographic and market information on the location where you plan to open your new office, the following agencies may be able to provide you with additional information:


In regards to information about how and where to obtain financing for opening up your own practice, you may want to contact your state dental society to ask if they can provide you with a reference for a banking institution in the area where you may be able to obtain financing. In addition, you may want to try contacting a financing company through the AAOMS Supplier Marketplace.

Job Search Options

Regulatory Agencies

Salary Information

While the AAOMS does not have salary data available for OMSs in practice or OMS Staff, the following firms may provide assistance in the area, since they conduct on-going surveys for a fee.

American Dental Association Survey Center (312-440-2568)
2006 Survey of Dental Practice: Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons in Private Practice

The Health Care Group (800-473-0032)
Physician Starting Salary Survey (free)
Staff Salary Survey

Other Salary Resources


You may visit the AAOMS Supplier Marketplace for suggestions of vendors. For more information on the AAOMS endorsed software product, OMSVision, visit or call 800-323-3370, ext. 1.

State Dental Board and Associations

May have additional information and resources available. May also be able to reference attorneys and CPAs who specialize in healthcare.

Using the AAOMS Logo

For more information about using the AAOMS logo, please contact the AAOMS Legal Department at 800-822-6637.



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