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Dental Board Bill takes its final steps to becoming law


It looks like a final vote will be taken on the floor of the House of Representatives in the coming week that will move SB1362 up to the ninth floor of the Executive Tower and on to Governor Ducey's desk to be signed into law.

The Bill addresses a number of issues, as follows:

  • Requires BODEX to recognize clinical examination results administered by other regional testing agencies.
  • Eliminates the $2,000 credentialing fees for applicants who have completed exams other than WREB within 5 years. Gives BODEX the authority to lower the $2,000 credentialing fee (for applicants who are beyond the five year limit noted above).
  • Eliminates language in the Dental Practice Act that precludes BODEX from lowering fees any further.
  • Renewal fees will be waived for all dentists, dental hygienists and denturists for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • Defines “Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienist” as able to initiate treatment (limited by scope of practice) based on an assessment pursuant to a written agreement with a dentist.
  • Re-defines “assessment” to includes the collection of clinical information to facilitate an examination, diagnosis and treatment plan by a dentist.
  • Allows a hygienist to do an interim therapeutic restoration upon completion of a course approved by the Board. (Eliminates requirement to go through EFDA training).
  • Redefines “teledentistry” to include an examination. NOTE: See related article on new CDT codes for teledentistry to be included in the 2018 CDT.
  • Allows EFDA’s who are certified in other states within the last ten years to be certified here, after a demonstration of competency.

If signed by the Governor, the new law will take effect 90 days after the State Legisalture adjourns for the session.