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   ADA News (Newspaper) - July 16, 1973, Chicago, Illinois                                American Dental Association News July 1973 Price Freeze Rules Again Require List Of Office Sign Dentists must maintain a fee schedule under the 60day price freeze imposed by the president and must again post a sign announcing the availability of freeze in according to federal regula The fee schedule for the which went into effect at 9 PM June must in clude all procedures performed by the The fees to be listed are those charged during the freeze base June 1 to June or the nearest pre ceding sevenday period during which a particular dental procedure had been If fees charged for a procedure varied during the base the freeze fee can be no more than the highest fee charged at least 10 of the times the procedure was For procedure X was performed 100 times during the June 18 The fee was for nine for 25 and for 66 Since the fee was charged only 9 of the the dentist must drop to the bracket for the freeze fee in order to reach the fee that was charged at least 10 of the times the procedure was per If the dentist maintains separate fee schedules for different classes of patients patients and welfare for freeze fee sched ules should be maintained for each class of Dentists performing a new procedure or entering practice after June may establish fees on the basis of average freeze fees currently charged for com parable procedures by other dentists in the same marketing All dentists are required to retain the calculations and supporting data on which the dentists freeze fee schedules are The schedules are to be avail able for public inspection during normal office The ADA still has plaques for desk top or that meet the posting sign The posting of signs was required under Phase but not un der Phase Orders must be accom panied by a payment add 5 tax if resident of or Ken tucky and should be directed to the ADA Order Section at ADA Catalog number is In related price control news California Hospital Association has filed suit against the Cost of Living claiming among other things that denial of the hospitals right to pass on increases from suppliers whose prices are not controlled is dis and Washington law firm retained by the ADA to investigate the feasibility of legal action against discrimination under Phase III has delayed its report because of the unexpected 60day The ADA will probably be advised to seek relief first with the new health industry com mittee of the Cost of Living Consumer Price Index for May showed an increase in dental fees of only over compared to the in crease in April over the previous Physicians fees increased over April compared to the increase that month over the month Congressmen Wayne Hays at and Robert Michel at chairmen of their re spective parties congressional campaign share a laugh with John chairman of the American Dental Political Action The two representatives had engaged in a biting but good natured debate at a breakfast meeting during the first national workshop for PACs sponsored in Washington by Dont Let Watergate Bug Politicians Tell PAC Conferees let Watergate discourageyou was the recurring theme of three a and a governor who spoke here at the first na tional workshop sponsored by the Amer ican Dental Political Action While former presidential counsel John Dean was testifying on Capitol Hill about political highlevel cov and political enemy Win field governor of Tennessee and a was telling the conferees Dont be discouraged because of the tragedies that are unfolding Dont let anybody tell you that there wont be two strong political parties in our country the day that that issue finally ADA Asks Price Talks Dentist on Advisory Unit President Louis Saporito has requested a meeting with Treasury Secretary George chairman of the Cost of Living to discuss the dental professions status under Phase Following the administrations June 13 announcement that the first 30 days of the freeze would be used for consulta tion with interested groups preceding the development of Phase IV the Association is seeking a hearing to make its views In a related the White House announced that a Ken neth Haggerty of been named to the Health Industries Ad visory Committee HIAC to the Cost of Living Haggertys name was not among the 16 individuals first named to serve on the Former Labor Secretary James Hodgson was named to chair whose function is to advise the Cost of Living Council on such matters as the operation of controls in the health indus try and changes in government programs that could help alleviate the rise of health The presidential order which cre ated HIAC in January states that the com mittee is to be composed of knowl edgeable individuals outside the federal the formation of HIAC apparently com pletes the health personnel framework underthe presidents economic stabiliza tion At the beginning of Phase a Cost of Living Council committee on composed of highranking federal was appointed to re view and make appropriate recommen dations concerning changes in govern ment programs that could lessen the rise of health That group is chaired by John Dun CLC and composed of Her bert Council of Econom ic Advisors Roy Office of Management and Budget Shultz The longawaited announcement of and Caspar ceases to be a national focal Lets preserve those two parties for the sake of the competition that is the natural And Democratic Hugh Carey a member of the House Ways and Means told the 140 work shop participants that although Water gate may be casting a deepening bringing on a crisis of confidence in our institutions and a real question about whether or not we can continue to gov ern the conferees while they were in take a close look at our institutions and Youll find the House is the Sen ate is the departments are work This whole network of selfgovern ment is going about its The doubts a re going to Our sys tem will meet this challenge as we have met so many others with your help over the years Above I would urge you that this is not the time for especially those in the give up on We need more par not That is why I wel come you as activists in the political pro as fellow Robert Dole a member of the Senate finance subcommittee on health and immediate past chairman of the Republican National said I think that out of Watergate may come first of all a better understanding of politics and the way it shouldnt be Secondly may come a better understanding of the importance of re Continued on Back Page   

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