1. ATA Edge 2021: Telehealth Policy is Critical

    Greetings from the historic and notorious Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The American Telemedicine Association is holding its annual telehealth policy conference. Federal and State elected official have spoken with the audience about current and future challenges in telehealth policy and legislation. There have been fascinating discussions about telehealth and Medicaid/Medicare as well as private insurance plans. As this blog has noted many times, the private sector is driving innovation in telehealth…

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  2. Alabama Board of Dental Examiners Agrees to Settle FTC Charges that It Unreasonably Excluded Lower Cost Online and Teledentistry Providers from Competition

    To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has agreed to stop requiring on-site supervision by licensed dentists of alignment scans of prospective patients’ mouths seeking to address misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth. These scans are routinely administered by dental hygienists and other non-dentist practitioners; the Dental Board’s decision limited consumer choice and excluded new providers in the state of Alabama. The American…

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  3. Governor Reynolds Signs House File 685 Bolstering Access to Teleorthodontic Care for All Iowans

    The American Teledentistry Association applauds the Iowa legislature and Governor Reynolds for the passage and signing of House File 685 – a bill relating to the requirements for dentists and orthodontists using telehealth to deliver remote orthodontia services to Iowa residents. This legislation accomplishes the dual goals of ensuring that Iowans continue to have access to needed remote orthodontic treatment while simultaneously ensuring that pertinent patient protections are in place that uphold the standard of care.  Specifically,…

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