Issue Background

ADEA Weekly State Legislative & Regulatory Update

The ADEA Weekly State Legislative & Regulatory Update provides members with a quick snapshot of proposed state rules and regulations and legislation of interest to ADEA Members. 



  • The Dental Board of California added to its website the agenda for its Meeting that will be held April 6, 2017 at 10:00 am.



  • The Georgia Board of Dentistry shall hold a public hearing on the following proposed rule, Expedited Licenses for Service Members and Spouses, at its meeting on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Department of Community Health, 2 Peachtree Street, 36th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.



  • On March 13, the governor signed into law HB 1474. The new law eliminates the requirement that a dental hygienist providing dental hygiene services under remote supervision be employed by the supervising dentist; clarifies continuing education requirements for dental hygienists practicing under remote supervision; eliminates the requirement for written permission to treat a patient from a dentist who has treated the patient in the previous 12 months; and allows a dental hygienist practicing under remote supervision to treat a patient who provides verbal confirmation that he does not have a dentist of record whom he is seeing regularly.



  • 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: 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
  • The Washington State Department of Health has rolled out a survey of Dentists, Dental Hygienists , Dental Assistants and Denturists in Washington to improve our understanding of Washington’s healthcare workforce. The Washington Health Workforce Survey will help us answer questions such as, “Are you working? Where are you working? What’s your area of specialty?” Collecting this information will help promote the surveyed professions and aid our knowledge of the healthcare workforce. For more information on the goals of the survey and how the data will be used, see the Washington Health Workforce Survey page
    Please take the Washington Health Workforce Survey when you renew online or from our Surveyed Professions list!


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