Frequently Asked Questions
Is accreditation mandatory?
No, it is an elective process. But, Dental Accreditation clearly proclaims that you are a provider of choice. Patients are in search of reputable providers that consistently offer the best quality care and demonstrate the ability to maintain compliance with national standards of best practice
What are the main benefits of becoming Accredited?
When accredited you will have earned a credential signifying that your dental practice has been certified against official regulatory standards. This credential tells the world - state and federal regulators, patients, and malpractice carriers alike - that your compliance, competency, and expertise are the best in the profession. This credential risks-proofs your office against a practice-killing fine, grows your business by separating you from your competitors, provides free continuing education credits, and, in some cases, reduces your malpractice costs.
How much time will the accreditation process require?
Most practices can accomplish accreditation in approximately 30 hours. This includes the time spent in preparation and in conducting the actual Accreditation Survey.
Can I charge patients a fee for getting accredited?
While no AMA or ADA code exists for a facility fee for a dental office, a dentist may charge an "accreditation fee," "facility fee," or "compliance fee" - especially if it is a fee-for-service office.
Dentists invest significant financial resources in compliance and/or accreditation and it is acceptable to charge a small per patient fee to recover these costs. Patients generally accept this small incremental cost when they understand the effort your practice has invested on their behalf in accreditation. Typical accreditation fees range from $2 to $3 per patient per visit.
Can I get an office accredited from any other organization?
What standards must my office meet to earn an accreditation?
How does a dental office maintain accreditation?
Who created AAFDO?
AAFDO is created by dentists for dentists. Because we know dentistry, our experts have pulled together regulatory mandates, best-practice standards and patient safety measures into one comprehensive package of over 500+ criteria of excellence in 13 different domains of knowledge.
What are the 13 Domains of Excellence?
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND PRESCRIPTIONS
OSHA & EMPLOYEE SAFETY
ANESTHESIA/SEDATION (if appropriate)