Rule Change Could Improve Access To Dental Care For People With Disabilities

Dentists say bureaucratic issues are forcing children and adults with disabilities across the nation to unnecessarily wait six to 12 months for care, but a fix could soon be on the way.

Three leading dental groups wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services earlier this summer citing “significant concerns” about access to dental procedures in hospitals and similar settings.

“The lack of (operating room) access for needed and covered dental procedures often results in wait times of 6-12 months for these patients, many of whom are children whose daily activities and school performance are often significantly affected in the interim,” wrote officials from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Source: Rule Change Could Improve Access To Dental Care For People With Disabilities / Disability Scoop

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