Blog/News

July 22, 2020

HHS Provider Relief Expanded to Include Dentists Who Did Not Previously Qualify

On Friday, July 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made an announcement pertaining to Enhanced Provider Relief Funds. Following AAO and ADA advocacy efforts, HHS announced on July 10, 2020 that the Enhanced Provider Relief Funds are available...

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June 2, 2020

CDC Webinar on Guidance for Dental Settings

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is hosting a Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 1:00pm CT. During this call, CDC presenters will provide an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings,...

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May 29, 2020

In Memoriam: Dr. Alexander Samuels

I am saddened to inform the orthodontic community of the passing of my dad, Dr. Alexander Samuels, on May 21, 2020 of natural causes, peacefully, in his own apartment at the age of 93. My father practiced orthodontics for more...

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May 22, 2020

New Suppliers for PPE

The AAO has been communicating with our industry suppliers in order to identify those best-positioned and willing to fulfill large orders from AAO members for PPE, especially masks, face shields, gowns and gloves, in a cost-efficient and time-efficient manner.  New...

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May 22, 2020

Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week

Have Fun and Recognize Your Valued Employees Remind your team members how important they and their work are to you and your patients by celebrating Orthodontic Staff Appreciation Week 2020 (June 1-5). The AAO provides celebration materials and ideas in...

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May 20, 2020

AAO President Interviewed by Fox Business

On Monday, AAO President Dr. Chris Roberts was quoted in an article from Fox Business entitled, “Some orthodontists fearful of coronavirus closures’ ‘detrimental’ effects on patient progress.” An excerpt from Dr. Roberts is below: American Association of Orthodontists President Dr....

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May 18, 2020

View Updates on PPE Suppliers

There are many complexities surrounding N95 masks and federally authorized KN95 masks, and the AAO is researching these on an ongoing basis. When preparing to purchase these masks, it may be helpful to first review OSHA’s guidance on occupational exposures. Additionally,...

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May 14, 2020

Clarification on OSHA Guidance for Dentistry Workers and Employers

AAO COVID-19 Task Force Obtains Clarification from OSHA During the week of May 4, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a document providing guidance for Dentistry Workers and Employers. A copy of that document can be viewed on...

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May 14, 2020

Worksheet: Creating A 90 Day Cash Flow Plan

Cain Watters & Associates has created a guide for AAO to help members create a 90 day cash flow plan for reopening their practice. It looks at the cash flow of an orthodontic practice experiencing a two-month shutdown and the...

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May 14, 2020

Frontload Your Practice’s Recovery with Proactive Recall Management

Among the experts who have offered in-depth recommendations for AAO members is Mary Beth Kirkpatrick, managing partner of Impact360 Consulting and founder and president of Gaidge, a cloud-based business analytics dashboard for orthodontists. To build new revenue from starts, she...

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