— The ADA is proposing five standards-based solutions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s request for information
to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens on health care providers as part of the agency’s Patients over Paperwork initiative.
“The ADA considers an unfettered patient-dentist relationship as the foundation for ongoing oral health,” wrote ADA President Jeffery M. Cole and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin in a July 29 letter to CMS
. “Further, this patient-centric relationship is supported by efficient and effective administrative processes that enable the dentist and her or his practice staff to provide necessary care. Paperwork, electronic or otherwise, requires time and resources to compile, complete, file or transmit.”