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AAPD Annual Session - Cancelled

March 26th, 2020

AAPD 2020 Annual Session is Cancelled Addressed by AAPD President Dr. Kevin Donly


It is with heavy hearts that the AAPD Board of Trustees has decided to cancel the AAPD 2020 Annual Session scheduled for May 21-24, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.From the beginning, your AAPD leadership based their analysis and decision-making on current recommendations and guidance from federal, state, and local health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to unfold dramatically with increasing restrictions on travel and large gatherings, it has become apparent that the current state of national emergency has made it impossible to hold the 2020 Annual Session. AAPD is always committed to providing the high-quality educational content and social events that our attendees have come to expect. Given the circumstances described above, we cannot meet these expectations this year.

We realize that many are disappointed – among them the AAPD 2020 Scientific Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee, speakers, and staff that have been working for 18+ months to bring you the best AAPD Annual Session ever. However, this is the right decision for the health and safety of our members.

We ask that you remain patient as we determine the next steps for canceling the nearly 4,000 attendee registrations from what was to be the largest Annual Session in our history. In the meantime, if you booked housing through the AAPD registration site, you do not have to cancel your hotel reservations. Please wait for Experient, AAPD’s official registration provider, to be in touch with you about the next steps to proceed. Please note that it may take up to 60 days for refunds to be initiated based on the volume of registrations to be processed. You will also be given the opportunity to donate your registration to the AAPD to help offset our significant financial loss resulting from cancellation of the Annual Session. We are advising that you cancel flights and that anyone who may have booked outside of our hotel block to cancel those reservations.

It is the invaluable support and enthusiasm of our members that have grown the AAPD Annual Session to its current level. We will be back in touch with you shortly with alternate options for delivering the Annual Session CE content that we worked so hard to organize.

If you have any immediate questions regarding this cancellation, please get in touch with us at aapdinfo@aapd.org.

Please mark your calendars for AAPD 2021 in Boston scheduled for May 27-30, 2021. We look forward to seeing you there, if not before.

Dr. Kevin J. Donly, President, and the AAPD Board of Trustees

Join the Petition Asking Gov. Northam to Mobilize the Donation of PPE

March 21st, 2020

Please read and consider signing a petition to help mobilize PPE from areas in Virginia in order to provide the much needed supplies to those on the frontline of COVID-19 treatment.

Senate passes coronavirus legislative package

March 19th, 2020

Source: ADA News

Washington — The Senate and House passed a coronavirus legislation package March 18 that includes three issues important to dentistry that was later signed into law by President Donald Trump.

HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, is the second emergency legislation package in response to the pandemic.

The ADA summarized some of the ways the bill could potentially affect dentists and their patients including three issues of most interest to dental practices: emergency paid sick leave; emergency expansion of family and medical leave; and tax credits.

The Association said that under the “sick leave provisions, dentist owners could be required — under certain circumstances — to pay two weeks of sick leave to employees. Those circumstances include:

• The employee is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order.
• The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine.
• The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
• The employee is caring for an individual to which points 1 or 2 apply.
• The employee is caring for a child if the child’s school or place of care has been closed;
• The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the secretaries of Labor and the Treasury.

The ADA also said that the bill also gives the secretary of Labor the regulatory authority to exempt small businesses with “fewer than 50 employees from the requirement to offer this leave to employees whose child’s school or daycare was closed due to the coronavirus when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.

The ADA also noted the Association is part of a broad coalition of dental organizations that will be sending a letter to the Department of Labor requesting that dental practices of fewer than 50 employees be granted that exemption.

Under the family medical leave provisions, the ADA said “dentist owners could be required to pay for leave, but only for those employees who must care for their children because their school or child care center is closed” and pointed out that the Secretary of Labor “has the regulatory authority to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from this provision and our letter to the Secretary requests that exemption.”

Without the exemption, the ADA said that “those dentist employers — with employees who must care for their children because their school or child care center is closed — must provide up to 12 weeks of leave. The first two weeks are unpaid and the next 10 weeks are paid. However, employees may opt to use the paid leave benefit or other accrued paid leave (vacation, sick or otherwise) during those first two weeks of unpaid time. The remainder of the 10 weeks would be paid leave provided by the employer to the covered employee.”

The ADA concluded by noting that the bill also provides employers with tax credits against payroll taxes to cover amounts paid under the new sick and family and medical leave benefits” which are “intended to help offset the cost to employers.”

The ADA also said that the Department of Labor will put out guidance on these provisions that will help guide businesses through the regulations and the Association will share this information with members as soon as it is available from the federal government.

Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts at ADA.org/advocacy.

Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information. For ADA members who have questions that are not answered by the FAQ, they can email the Association at MSC@ada.org.

ADA Statement on COVID-19

March 17th, 2020

The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.

In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.

As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The ADA is committed to providing the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner.

The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information.

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