Dentists who order or provide Medicare-covered items and services (clinical laboratory services, imaging services or durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies) will need to either enroll in Medicare using form CMS-855-I (PDF) or the shorter enrollment form CMS-855-O (PDF) or formally opt out of Medicare by Jan. 1, 2019. To assure one's status with Medicare and that patients' Medicare benefits do not lapse, dentists should allow sufficient time for processing whichever form is submitted. Learn more about enrollment requirements by visiting the ADA’s Facts and FAQ on Medicare.
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Teresa Pichay, CHPC
Regulatory Compliance Analyst
CDA members can rely on CDA Practice Support’s “Are You In Compliance?” webpage for details about current and future laws and regulations that apply to dental practices. Entries span all areas of dental practice, from employment practices to general business.
Citing the need for further review, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Nov. 12 granted a motion to suspend federal OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard that was due to take effect Jan. 4.
Two new federal rules require more U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4. The rules support President Biden's pandemic plan and apply to workers at medium and large companies and to workers in certain health care settings that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding.