Illinois bill expands the role of dental professionals
On Dec. 2, the Illinois House voted to adopt House Bill 500, sponsored by Rep. Mike Zalewski.
The bill outlines provisions for the expanded functions of dental hygienists and assistants.
To read more about the bill, click here.
Educational debt does play a role in a dentist's career choice
According to a study published by The Journal of the American Dental Association, “dentists who graduated with higher debt were less likely to specialize and more likely to enter private practice over other primary occupations, which usually have lower salaries.”
To read the full study, click here.
FTC to state dental boards: how to avoid violating antitrust laws
On Oct 14 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued guidance on how state boards can effectively operate without violating antitrust laws.
According to members of the agency’s Bureau of Competition, several state boards were looking for advice on how to comply with antitrust laws in light of the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Supreme Court decision.
The Supreme Court ruled that the North Carolina Dental Board violated antitrust laws by shutting down non-dentist teeth whitening providers within the state.
To read more about the FTC’s recommendation, click here.
To read more about the North Carolina Dental Board Supreme Court case, check out the 2015 March issue of the Advocacy Brief.