Under a law passed by Congress in 2003, our practice made the decision not to participate in the Medicare system. I believe this decision allows me to provide the best possible care to you, at fees we agree upon. This also permits us to proceed with your treatment without worrying about Medicare limitations or red tape.
Medicare does not cover most routine dental services and the program will not pay for non-covered services. In fact, the Medicare law expressly excludes "…services in connection with the care, treatment, filling, removal, or replacement of teeth or structures directly supporting teeth, except that payment may be made under part A in the case of inpatient hospital services in connection with the provision of such dental services if the individual, because of his underlying medical condition and clinical status or because of the severity of the dental procedure, requires hospitalization in connection with the provision of such services."
My non-participation in Medicare does not preclude me from providing surgical care for you but it means that you will pay me directly for any care rendered. For this to happen, the law requires us to enter into a contract containing very specific terms.