Expert speakers will offer in-depth knowledge of how to assess the potential impact of new technologies on your practice's bottom line at the 2017 Winter Conference, February 10-11 in Fort Lauderdale.  Working closely with AAO President DeWayne McCamish, Drs. Greg Jorgensen, Alan Curtis and Doug Depew planned the meeting, “Technology: Balancing Profit, Lifestyle, and Patient Care.”

“Attendees will leave the conference with a better idea of not only what is the newest thing, but also a grasp of what technology makes sense for their individual practices,” says Dr. Jorgensen, the conference general chair. “Not only are we going to explore the most popular technologies on the market today, we’re going to try and answer return on investment types of questions. We know that optical scanners are great, but do we understand the total cost of ownership and do need one in our practice today? Is it cost-effective to invest in cone beam? 3D printing is exciting, but what are the convenience and financial implications of printing models in house? This will be a different meeting than any we’ve ever held.

“If you haven’t been to a Winter Conference before, you will enjoy the focused learning environment of this smaller meeting,” adds Dr. Jorgensen. “Following each lecture block, there will be a Q and A session to allow attendees the opportunity to solicit feedback about their individual situations or concerns.”

Abbreviated Schedule Allows for Travel, Recreation
In addition, a new, abbreviated schedule is being introduced at this year’s Winter Conference.

“We decided to shorten the program from two and a half days to two days,” says Dr. Jorgensen. “Attendees will have a full day for travel on Sunday if they need to be back at work first thing on Monday. Or, if they can take a little time off, they’ll have an extra day for some relaxation and entertainment in Fort Lauderdale.”

Learn more and register for the 2017 Winter Conference
●  View the article, “Winter Conference Keynote Speaker Will Address Emerging Technologies and Orthodontic Business Operations”
● Read a feature article about the Winter Conference in the December Practice Management Bulletin

Dec. 16, 2016

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In Segment 1, AAO general counsel Kevin Dillard and host Pam Paladin introduce Sean Murphy, AAO’s associate general counsel, who will helm the AAOPAC and the AAO Component Legal Fund.
In Segment 2, Murphy discusses a recent Texas court decision about advertising as a specialist in a non-ADA-recognized field and the AAO Component Legal Fund, as well as what the AAO is doing to ensure that the public is adequately protected.
Jan. 29, 2016

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This week the House of Representatives unveiled an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through the end of FY 2016. The omnibus bill and the tax extenders package that were introduced represent the final business of the year before Congress goes into recess until January 5. 
In the tax extenders package, Republicans succeeded in suspending the Medical Device Tax for two years. The AAO, other dental organizations and dental suppliers have advocated against the tax, which may be applicable to products used in orthodontic practices.
Additional items from the appropriations bill that may be of interest to orthodontists include:
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill includes no additional  funding for the ACA.
  •  Cadillac Tax. The Appropriations Act would also impose a two-year delay of the excise tax on high-cost employer sponsored health coverage, also known as the Cadillac tax. Under this Act, the Cadillac tax would not go into effect until 2019.
  • State-Based Exchanges. With the increasing number of State-Based Exchanges failing due to lack of revenue, the agreement includes report language directing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that discretionary funds are not used to pay for operational costs for these exchanges.

What’s Next

The House is expected to take up the tax extenders bill on Thursday and move to the omnibus appropriations bill on Friday. The Senate is expected to follow suit to pass the bills once the House has completed its work. 
Dec. 17, 2015

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