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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.
 
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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/ 
 
Join your colleagues for an intensive examination of the many complex issues related to obstructive sleep apnea and orthodontic treatment. Make plans to join the AAO January 25-27 in Marco Island, Florida for the 2019 Winter Conference, “Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics: Consensus and Guidance.”
 
Attendees will receive a wealth of information about diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing issues, especially pediatric and adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), pediatric airway development, and OSA relative to orthodontic practice. Experts representing multiple disciplines will engage attendees with in-depth presentations on aspects of the conference topic, with the intimate conference format making possible detailed discussion with lecturers.

- Register for the 2019 Winter Conference

- View conference information, including early registration rates.

(Registration fees include scheduled breakfasts, lunches and snack breaks.)

The conference speakers’ list includes:
 
Medical Specialists

(Keynote Speaker) Anita Shelgikar, MD, FAASM, of the Department of Neurology Sleep Clinic at the University of Michigan. Dr. Shelgikar is the program director of the UM Sleep Medicine Fellowship.
 
(Keynote Speaker) Christian Guilleminault, MD, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences and Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University.  Dr. Guilleminault is known for having established
sleep medicine as a medical field.
 
(Keynote Speaker) Ron B. Mitchell, MD, William Beckner Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology, The University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Mitchell is a practicing physician at Children’s Health Specialty Center and is a national leader in ENT management of OSA. 
 
Douglas Kirsch, MD, FAAN, FAASM, associate professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Medical Director, CHS Sleep Medicine, Carolinas  Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC. 

Vishesh Kapur, MD, MPH, FAASM, professor of medicine; Director of Sleep Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The University of Washington.
 
Timothy F. Hoban, MD, FAASM, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology; Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology, The University of Michigan. 

 
Dental Specialists
 
R. Scott Conley, DDS, chair, Department of Orthodontics, the University of Buffalo. 
 
Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS, MSc, PhD, head, Orthodontics Division and director, Orthodontic Graduate Program, University of Alberta.

Benjamin Pliska, DDS, MS, FRCD(C), assistant professor, Division of Orthodontics, University of British Columbia; private practice of orthodontics, Vancouver, BC. 

Sean Edwards, DDS, MD, associate professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the University of Michigan; in practice at the Michigan Medicine Oral Surgery Clinic with emphasis on craniomaxillofacial deformity and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. 
 
Stacy Quo, DDS, MS, clinical professor of orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco; adjunct assistant clinical professor, Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic; and co- director of the UCSF Continuing Dental Education Series on Dental Sleep Medicine.
 
Mark Hans, DDS, MSD, professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University.
 
Juan-Carlos Quintero, DDS, MS, private practice of orthodontics, Miami, Florida; faculty member, The L.D. Pankey Institute; attending professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Miami Children's Hospital; Board of Directors, Baptist Hospital Foundation. 

Sean Carlson, DDS, MS, private practice of orthodontics, Mill Valley, CA; associate professor of Orthodontics, Dugoni School of Dentistry, The University of the Pacific; Senior Investigator in the Craniofacial Research and Instrumentation Laboratory at UOP. Dr. Carlson has been at the forefront of diagnosis with 3-D (Cone Beam CT) imaging technology. 
 
Rose D. Sheats, DMD, MPH, Graduate Orthodontic Program Director (retired), The University of North Carolina; Board of Directors, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; associate editor, Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine.
 
Mitchell Levine, DMD, MS, private practice of orthodontics, Jacksonville, Florida; Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics; Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
 
J. Martin Palomo, DDS, MSD, professor of orthodontics, director of the Orthodontic Program, director of the Craniofacial Imaging Center, School of Dentistry, Case Western Reserve University.  
 
Ki Beom Kim, DDS, MS, PhD, associate professor and director of the Graduate Orthodontic Program, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis University; Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics; Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Kim recently published a book, Comprehensive Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Evidence-based Guidelines, with other medical and dental experts.
 
Spyros N. Papageorgiou, DDS, PhD, senior teaching and research assistant at the Clinic of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zurich in Switzerland.
 
The conference will conclude on Sunday, January 27 with a presentation by Dr. Rolf G.  Behrents, editor-in-chief of the AJO-DO and professor emeritus, Graduate Orthodontic Program, Saint Louis University.  Dr. Behrents, who is the chair of the AAO Task Force on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics, will present, "Essential Ingredients of the AAO Draft Guidelines on OSA and Orthodontics."
 
Watch your in-box in August for an announcement that registration for the 2019 Winter Conference is open.
 
 
Jul. 6, 2018

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Missouri was the fifth state to receive advocacy assistance via the AAO Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF). In January, the Missouri Society of Orthodontists applied for CLSF funding and in April, the state dental board rescinded the state’s dental advertising rules. *
 
Dr. Michael LaFerla of Joplin, president of the Missouri Society of Orthodontists, recently reported to the component’s membership:

“The AAO’s Component Legal Support Fund (CLSF) enabled Associate General Counsel Sean Murphy the ability to work with the Missouri Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Board to draft a legislative amendment that strengthens Missouri’s advertising laws and as a result, protects the public. It all moved very quickly, but the coalition was still able to amend the language into HB 1719, which passed within the final hours of Missouri’s legislative session this year.”

Click here to view the language, which is underlined on pages 98-100. 

First established by a vote of the 2015 House of Delegates, the CLSF provides grants to component organizations that enable the AAO to assist with legal and advocacy work on proposed legislation or regulatory changes that would impact orthodontic practices and patients at the state level.

Learn about other recent state-based advocacy initiatives:

- New Hampshire
- Iowa
- Georgia
- Rhode Island
 
* An additional 10 states have now qualified for assistance via the CLSF.
 
Jun. 29, 2018

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The 2017-18 AAO webinar series is now available as part of AAO Online Lectures, with the recent webcasts having joined hundreds of other online programs addressing key orthodontic clinical and practice management topics.
Visit Online Lectures to access lectures in the categories you prefer, including:

Business of Orthodontics lectures (free to all members).  Explore recent topics such as:
▪ Speak Their Language! Utilizing Technology to Communicate with the Modern Orthodontic Patient, by Dr. Daniel Bills
▪ New in Practice? Critical Financial Strategies for Success, by Brad A. Kucharo, CPA, CFP®
▪ Let Data Drive Your Strategy, by Mary Beth Kirkpatrick
▪ Building an Elite Office with Facebook Marketing, by Dr. Neal D. Kravitz
▪ Why Your Digital Marketing Isn’t Working, by Dr. Leon Klempner
▪ Measuring Orthodontic Marketing Effectiveness, by Andrew Tucker, JD, CPA, CFP®

Doctors Lectures:  Presentations are accessible with a $100 per year Online Lectures subscription or at $30 pay-per-view. Recent additions include:
▪ Facial Esthetics Oriented Treatment Planning with VTO and TADs Dr. Sercan Akyalcin
▪ Pragmatic and Peculiar Practice Pearls, by Dr. Kelton Stewart 
▪ Realistic Treatment of Patients Missing Maxillary Lateral Incisor by Dr. José A. Bósio
▪ The Doctor’s Role in Case Acceptance:  Key Components of a High-Value Consultation, by Landy Chase, MBA, CSP

Orthodontic Staff Lectures:  Lectures are accessible as a benefit of membership in the Orthodontic Staff Club ($50 per practice, per year, for all staff) or at $30 pay-per-view. Recent additions include:
▪ Clinical Photography: What is Your Doctor Looking For?, by Dr. Douglas Depew
▪ OSHA Safety Rocks – for Ortho Teams, by Jackie Dorst, RDH, BS
▪ Best Practices for Infection Control in Orthodontic Practices, by Jackie Dorst, RDH, BS

ADA CERP Recognition
The American Association of Orthodontists 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.

American Association of Orthodontists designates for all CE activities, 0.25 credit hours will be awarded for each 15 minutes of activity time unless otherwise noted. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at www.ada.org/cerp.





 
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