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 chart 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.
The Dental Board of California added to its website the meeting agenda for the January 25, 2017 Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery Permit Credentialing Committee Meeting. Please click on this link to view a copy of the meeting agenda.
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 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 Agency for Human Services sets forth the criteria for Medicaid coverage and reimbursement for Dental Services for beneficiaries age 21 and older under Vermont's Medicaid program. It revises and will replace current Medicaid covered services rule 7313 as part of the sequential adoption of Health Care Administrative Rules designed to improve public accessibility and comprehension of the numerous rules concerning the operation of Vermont's Medicaid program. The comment period deadline is Jan. 16.
The proposed rule Agency for Human Services sets forth the criteria for Medicaid coverage and reimbursement for dental services for beneficiaries under age 21, and pregnant and postpartum women, under Vermont's Medicaid program. It revises and will replace current Medicaid covered services rule 7312 as part of the sequential adoption of Health Care Administrative Rules designed to improve public accessibility and comprehension of the numerous rules concerning the operation of Vermont's Medicaid program. The comment period deadline is Jan. 16.
In response to requests from dentists who only administer nitrous oxide, the Board of Dentistry has amended its regulations to differentiate between minimal sedation, which is defined as inhalation analgesia when used in combination with any anxiolytic agent administered prior to or during a procedure, and administration of only nitrous oxide. The amended regulations eliminate some of the burdensome requirements for dentists who only administer nitrous oxide. Comments on this action may be submitted until Jan. 25, 2017. For more information, including how to comment, visit the Virginia Regulatory website.
The Dental Quality Assurance Commission will hold a business meeting on January 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Please note this meeting will be located at: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Southcenter, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188. Dental therapy, possible legislation for 2017, potential alternative clinical examinations and more will be discussed. A copy of the agenda may be viewed here. Please provide any comments or concerns directly to Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dental Quality Assurance Commission is proposing amendments to include specific requirements and exceptions for dentists when sedating pediatric patients. Please provide any comments or concerns directly to Jennifer.email@example.com by January 20, 2017.
Rule changes have been made, effective January 13, 2017, to the tasks that may be performed by licensed dental hygienists in Washington. Read the notice detailng these changes here.
The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (commission) has filed CR101 Preproposal Statement for Inquiry for WAC 246-817-120 Examination content as WSR 16-21-040 on October 12, 2016. The commission is proposing amendments to clarify that a complete clinical examination from one testing organization is required for dentist licensure. Additionally, the commission has considered amendments to restrict the number of attempts to pass an examination. The commission current proposed rule does not include a requirement to restrict the number of examination attempts or require remediation for failed examinations Specifically, the proposed rule: Adds a requirement that all exam sections must be completed/passed through one testing agency; Changes the Canadian clinical examination as acceptable; and Minor grammar edits. Please provide any comments or concerns directly to Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org by January 16, 2017.
Central Regional Dental Testing Services (CRDTS) is currently working on developing a local anesthesia exam. The committee is asking stakeholders to submit comments listing the components that would make up an ideal local anesthesia exam. For example: Are there particular items that should be included in a local anesthesia exam? Are there particular items that are not currently required on other exams, but would add value to the exam if they were included? Are there items that are currently being tested but are no longer valid? These comments will be compiled and provided to CRDTS for consideration. Please submit your comments to Bruce Bronoske, Jr., Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health at Bruce.Bronoske@DOH.WA.gov no later than February 3, 2017.