WELCOME to the
TMJ SOCIETY of CALIFORNIA
Founded in May of 1994, the TMJ Society of
California (a 501c3 organization) is the leading voice of advocacy nationwide
for those who suffer from the many faces of "TMD" - temporomandibular
Grounded in purpose, the "not-for-profit" TMJ Society promotes physical
and emotional healing through their efforts in the following areas: exchange
of experiences, emotional support, data collection, education within both
the public and business sectors, public awareness of issues surrounding the
treatment and recognition of the disorder, legislation to ensure effective
policy coverage and treatment options for patients, and participation with
national "consumer rights" coalitions for the betterment of care.
Making it Law
As a direct result of TMJ Society's testimony and efforts, AB 2994 - "The
Jaw Joint bill" - became reality for California's consumers in July of 1995,
ensuring that denials of surgical treatment for jaw joints or
upper/lower jaw bones would constitute a misdemeanor if surgery were
determined to be medically necessary. Since passage of AB 2994, such denials
of treatment are illegal and considered discriminatory. Viewed as a major
victory for sufferers of TMD, the thoroughness of testimony and data
presented by TMJ Society was significant -- AB 2994 passed with minimal
Assisting in the review of those cases for which surgical treatment had
been determined to be medically necessary, but where as a denial of
authorization for insurance benefits prevailed, a "first ever" Peer
Review Board was created by TMJ Society to ensure adherence to the law
set for by AB 2994. The board continues as a vital component of TMJ Society
today, and is comprised of specialists within the Medical, Dental,
Radiological and Physical Therapy professions.
Ready, Willing & Able to Assist
Consumer support is available for those wishing to obtain information
on TMJ/TMD and treatment options by means of an "all-volunteer" hot line,
easily accessed by calling: (916) 444-1985. The support line also offers an
environment for which patients can share their experiences and interact with
those who understand and appreciate their needs.
On the Wings of Change
The TMJ Society of California is a charter member and co-sponsor of Citizens for the "Right
to Know" Coalition, a pro-active national coalition supporting patient
rights and full disclosure policies. Speaking nationally on consumer rights,
TMJ Society has raised awareness of TMD, and supported those policies in
which an insurer must fully disclose policy coverage/limitations prior to a
patient/consumer contracting for healthcare benefits.
Within their quarterly newsletter, "Disclosure", tips, treatments,
and resource information offer consumers a bounty of advice, as well as
legislative updates regarding pending healthcare-related bills that may be
of interest to their readers.
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TMJ Society of California spearheads health
care reform through the California Chronic Care Coalition.
The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association hails the Institute on
Medicine (IOM) "Report on Pain".
Full IOM report, click here
Highlights of the report, click here
The Many Faces of TMJ
Click here to read an informational booklet on TMJ produced by the TMJ
Society of California. (pdf format, 621K)
California's Emerging Health Care Advocate - You!
Click here to learn about your healthcare choices and your rights. (pdf
We need your help!
The success of a
national TMJ registry and repository requires the involvement of a network
of clinicians, researchers, patients, donors, and implant manufacturers. As
research is completed, NIDCR's TIRR data (medical, clinical,
epidemiological) will be posted on our website
help educate consumers , patients, and health care providers in making
informed treatment decisions and improving patient care and outcomes.
Click here for the brochure. (pdf
Enroll today & impact treatment tomorrow!