Summary of State Legislation and Regulations Addressing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse: ADEA staff has conducted a review and analysis of state legislation recently enacted as well as state rules and regulations either pending or finalized regarding prescription drug and opioid abuse. The information has been compiled into a state-by-state chart.
State and Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs Chart: Every year ADEA compiles a chart detailing loan forgiveness programs for dentists, dental hygienists and allied dental providers, where applicable, for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Included in the compilation are new loan repayment programs passed during the 2016 state legislative sessions. Please note, several of the programs’ maximum award amounts have changed since the last publication of the chart in 2015. The chart is arranged by state in alphabetical order, please click on link(s) for additional information. At the end of this summary, we have listed several federal loan repayment programs which may be of interest.
2017 State Legislative Session Calendar: Click here to view a map detailing the 2017 state legislative session prefiling dates, convening and adjourning dates and more. All 50 state legislatures and U.S. possessions and territories will meet in 2017.
GAO is now accepting nominations to MACPAC that will be effective May 1, 2017. Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted no later than February 24, 2017 to ensure adequate opportunity for review and consideration of nominees prior to appointment of new members.
Special Elections: Special elections will be held on Feb. 25 in Delaware and Feb. 28 in Connecticut to fill vacancies in their respective state senates. Both states have senates that are currently tied for control between Democrats and Republicans.
The Dental Board of California will consider and may take action on the "Review of Dental Board of California Sunset Review Issues Identified During 2015 Legislative Oversight Hearings" during its board meeting Feb. 23-24 at 9:00 am.
In preparation for the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, the schedule for interim committee meetings of the Florida House of Representatives has been released. Meetings will be held between Dec. 2016 and Feb. 2017. The 2017 Regular Session will convene on Tues., March 7.
The Maine Board of Dental Practice has released its regulatory agenda regarding expected rule making activities for 2016-2017.
On March 9 at 1:00 PM EST, the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on SB 1013. The bill as introduced would require the State Board of Dental Examiners to adopt regulations for the licensure of dental therapists and the practice of dental therapy.
The Minnesota Board of Dentistry proposes to amend its rules regarding providing more institutional options for dentists who need to complete a nitrous oxide course, and make taking an infection control course a mandatory requirement for each two-year professional development cycle. The comment period deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. Public comments should be submitted electronically at https://minnesotaoah.granicusideas.com. Your comments should identify the portion of the proposed rules addressed, the reason for the comment, and any change proposed. You are encouraged to propose any change that you desire. Any comments that you have about the legality of the proposed rules must also be made during this comment period.
On July 1, 2017, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care (MLTC) is launching a new program that will transition the State’s current Fee-For Service dental program to a managed care delivery system. See the letter to Medicaid providers.
The proposed rule by the Virginia Board of Dentistry would allow a dentist who administers, prescribes, or dispenses Schedules II through V controlled substances to maintain a copy of his current registration with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in a readily retrievable manner at each practice location rather than displaying it to the public along with his current license. The comment period deadline is Feb. 22.
The Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance, is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Dental Quality Assurance Commission. There are expected vacancies for dentist, expanded function dental auxiliary, and public member positions. The Dental Quality Assurance Commission consists of 16 members appointed by the Governor. Membership is as follows: Members must be citizens of the United States and residents of this state. Dentist members must be licensed dentists in the active practice of dentistry for a period of five years before appointment. Of the twelve dentists appointed to the commission, at least four must reside and engage in the active practice of dentistry east of the summit of the Cascade mountain range. Public members of the commission may not be a member of any other health care licensing board or commission, or have a fiduciary obligation to a facility rendering health services regulated by the commission, or have a material or financial interest in the rendering of health services regulated by the commission. The Dental Quality Assurance Commission meets about eight times a year. Historically, meetings have been scheduled on a Friday in the months of January, March, April, June, July, September, October, and December. The Dental Quality Assurance Commission operates under legislative mandate to protect the health and safety of the public, and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under its jurisdiction. If you are interested in applying for an appointment to the Dental Quality Assurance Commission, please go to Governor’s website and complete the application online at: https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/boardsapplication. Applications, along with a current resume must be submitted by March 30, 2017. If you have any questions about serving on the Dental Quality Assurance Commission, please contact Jennifer Santiago at 360-236-4893 or at Jennifer.email@example.com.
Effective March 13, 2017, Dental Assistant and Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) delegation of duty rules have been updated. For a summary of these changes, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.