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Jul. 18, 2018

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RAISE Health Benefits Act lead sponsor Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) at the AAO's 2017 Professional Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C
We are excited to share that legislation that the AAO has been advocating for several years -- the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act -- took a critical step forward in Congress this week. On July 12, the House Committee on Ways & Means approved a key element of the RAISE Health Benefits Act (H.R. 6313) -- the elimination of the “use it or lose it rule,” under which employees forfeit their flexible spending account (FSA) balance at the end of the year. 

If passed, an employee’s hard earned FSA contribution would stay theirs from year to year, for an amount up to three (3) times the annual limit before needing to be spent down.  This would allow individuals and families to save resources that could help them handle current and future medical and orthodontic expenses. This would strongly benefit the approximately 63% of the AAO’s patients who use FSAs to pay for their orthodontic treatment.

We thank the lead sponsors of the RAISE Health Benefits Act, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), for their long-standing leadership and hard work pushing this legislation forward. The AAO is working with Reps. Stivers and Lujan Grisham to pursue additional refinements to the RAISE Health Benefits Act before it goes to the House floor.

The RAISE Health Benefits Act would not be at this point without the grassroots efforts of AAO members like you -- together we have helped secure 50 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.  In fact, just two months ago the AAO held its largest Professional Advocacy Conference to date, with over 150 orthodontists storming the Hill to discuss the AAO’s RAISE Act with Representatives, Senators, and their staff.  

Stay tuned, as we may ask for your help again in the next few weeks engaging your Member of Congress to push the RAISE Health Benefits Act across the finish line in the House. 
 
Sean Murphy | Jul. 16, 2018

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The 2017-18 ABO Board announced the testing change in the March 2018 AJO-DO. Pictured, from left, front row: Drs. Valmy Pangrazio-Kulbersh, Chun-His Chung, Larry Tadlock, Nicholas Barone. Back row: Drs. Steven Dugoni, Jae Hyun Park, Timothy Trulove, Patrick Foley, David Sabott.
 
 
Following its May 2018 meeting in Washington, D.C., the AAO Board of Trustees announced its support for the American Board of Orthodontics’ new, scenario-based testing format.

“The AAO supports the ABO scenario-based exam,” said Dr. Brent Larson, AAO president. “We encourage board certification for all AAO members.”

“There have been many changes in the ABO exam since its inception,” said Dr. Gary Inman, AAO president-elect and chair of the AAO/ABO Communications Committee. “This is simply another way to promote and encourage Board Certification without the ethical dilemma that presenting cases poses. The scenario-based exam will be a true test of orthodontic knowledge as well as problem solving. The key objective of the change is to encourage all eligible AAO orthodontists to become Board certified.”

The ABO Board announced the change in testing format in a March 2018 editorial in the AJO-DO. The editorial noted the ABO written examination will remain the same and the exam as a whole will “not be easier.” The ABO Board cited a lengthy process of evaluation that led to the conclusion that the requirement for presenting treated cases was proving to be a barrier to Board certification for many in today’s orthodontic work environment.

The editorial noted, “The clinical examinations of 4 of the American Dental Association’s recognized dental specialty boards are completely scenario-based (American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Board of Periodontology). Also, the orthodontics oral examination of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada is entirely scenario-based. The majority of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ member boards also offer scenario-based certification.”
Additional information about the ABO’s planned implementation of the scenario-based testing system may be found in the March 2018 AJO-DO editorial, including an explanation of how the tools previously used by the ABO to assess case outcomes will be used within the scenario-based exam system.

In addition, Dr. Larry Tadlock, then ABO president-elect, was interviewed about the change to scenario-based testing in an AAO podcast that was made available via the eBulletin. The podcast featuring Dr. Tadlock’s interview remains available at The Business of Orthodontics Podcast.  Additional information may also be found at americanboardortho.com.
 
Jul. 12, 2018

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The 2017-18 ABO Board announced the testing change in the March 2018 AJO-DO. Pictured, from left, front row: Drs. Valmy Pangrazio-Kulbersh, Chun-His Chung, Larry Tadlock, Nicholas Barone. Back row: Drs. Steven Dugoni, Jae Hyun Park, Timothy Trulove, Patrick Foley, David Sabott.
 
 
Following its May 2018 meeting in Washington, D.C., the AAO Board of Trustees announced its support for the American Board of Orthodontics’ new, scenario-based testing format.

“The AAO supports the ABO scenario-based exam,” said Dr. Brent Larson, AAO president. “We encourage board certification for all AAO members.”

“There have been many changes in the ABO exam since its inception,” said Dr. Gary Inman, AAO president-elect and chair of the AAO/ABO Communications Committee. “This is simply another way to promote and encourage Board Certification without the ethical dilemma that presenting cases poses. The scenario-based exam will be a true test of orthodontic knowledge as well as problem solving. The key objective of the change is to encourage all eligible AAO orthodontists to become Board certified.”

The ABO Board announced the change in testing format in a March 2018 editorial in the AJO-DO. The editorial noted the ABO written examination will remain the same and the exam as a whole will “not be easier.” The ABO Board cited a lengthy process of evaluation that led to the conclusion that the requirement for presenting treated cases was proving to be a barrier to Board certification for many in today’s orthodontic work environment.1

The editorial noted, “The clinical examinations of 4 of the American Dental Association’s recognized dental specialty boards are completely scenario-based (American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Board of Periodontology). Also, the orthodontics oral examination of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada is entirely scenario-based. The majority of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ member boards also offer scenario-based certification.”2
Additional information about the ABO’s planned implementation of the scenario-based testing system may be found in the March 2018 AJO-DO editorial, including an explanation of how the tools previously used by the ABO to assess case outcomes will be used within the scenario-based exam system.

In addition, Dr. Larry Tadlock, then ABO president-elect, was interviewed about the change to scenario-based testing in an AAO podcast that was made available via the eBulletin. The podcast featuring Dr. Tadlock’s interview remains available at The Business of Orthodontics Podcast.  Additional information may also be found at americanboardortho.com.
 
Jul. 12, 2018

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Determining your ultimate career path in orthodontics starts with understanding your options. And whether your plans are already intact or you don’t know where to begin, the AAO has developed multiple resources to educate you on the various orthodontic practice modalities and help plan your journey ahead. Go here to learn more: http://pm.aaoinfo.org/practice-modalities/