Senate Bill 580/House Bill 595
Success! The bills advanced by the FDHA which ensure health access settings can be reimbursed for services performed by a dental hygienist, were unanimously approved in their first committees of reference. On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Bill (SB) 580 by Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) was approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee. On Wednesday morning, the House Health Innovation Subcommittee approved House Bill (HB 595) by Rep. Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando). Prior to the Senate committee meeting, the FDHA was able to secure the Florida Dental Association’s (FDA) support of the bills. At both meetings, the FDA publicly expressed their support.Clearly the calls and emails by dental hygienists to local legislators resulted in the passage of the bills this week! Thank you to all of you who took the time to reach out and tell legislators how important this legislation is for you and for the profession as a whole.
Next Steps. This week’s meetings were the last before the start of the 2016 Legislative Session on January 12, 2016. Legislators will now return home for the holidays.
Senate bill 580 will now move to its next committee of reference – Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations chaired by Sen. Rene Garcia (R- Hialeah). The House companion, HB 595, will next be heard in the House Health Care Appropriations Committee chaired by Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples). We will be educate both chairs on the issue and ask them to put these bills on their respective calendars soon after the start of the session. We will let FDHA members know when the bills will be heard next.
Until then, I ask members to do the following:
• Continue to talk with your local legislators about the Billing Glitch bills – SB 580 and HB 595. We can provide talking points to you if needed.
• Make plans to attend the 2016 FDHA Smile Day scheduled for February 9th and 10th in Tallahassee. It is highly likely that our bills will still be moving through the process and we need a good turnout of hygienists to help push them.
This week was truly a big victory for dental hygienists! Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to your profession! (from FDHA December 2015)
Latest Information on Annesthesia Law
History has been made for the profession of dental hygiene when Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1040 on March 23, 2012, allowing Florida licensed dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed dentist. This successful endeavor is the result of a united effort from the Florida Dental Hygiene Association and the Florida Dental Association.
The specific criteria for clinical experience and instruction are contained in 466.017, F.S and shall be offered by a Dental or Dental Hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or approved by the Board of Dentistry. Upon completion, the dental hygienist must apply to the Department of Health, remit an application fee, and submit proof of successful completion of the approved local anesthesia course. In addition, the Board of Dentistry is authorized to adopt rules necessary to govern the implementation and management of this remediable task. The new law can be retrieved at:
(Line 181 begins the section of local anesthesia law)
This information is significant for Florida Allied Dental Educators. Dental and Dental Hygiene Programs are able to educate Florida licensed dental hygienists immediately. Programs can advance to integrate this scope of practice change into their curriculum. Practicing dental hygienists will be able to practice only after they complete all steps that are required by law.
Jackie Burt McDonough, RDH, BASDH
Brevard Community College to Host
Happy Smiles Happy Kids Children’s Dental Health Fair
Brevard County, FL – The Dental Hygiene Program at Brevard Community College is teaming up with local dental professionals, and the BCC Dental Assisting Program, to provide a Children’s Dental Health Fair – Happy Smiles Happy Kids - for children under the age of 16 without access to dental insurance. The project was made possible thanks to a generous donation from local community leaders, Guy and Delores Spearman.
The event will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 in the Health Sciences Center (Building 20, rom 111) on the BC Cocoa Campus, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa. Appointments must be made in advance and time slots are limited. Those interested should sign up by calling (321) 433-7570.
FREE, limited dental care will be provided to those who participate, including: basic dental screenings, dental education, fluoride varnish application, sealants for those who qualify, and limited dental treatment as determined by the dentist. Why focus on dental care? “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local children,” said Dr. Jim Richey,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Brevard Community College. “Our dental hygiene program is one of the best in the State of Florida. We’re pleased to be able to showcase our program, our students, and put a healthy smile on a child’s face.”
The Pew Center on the States released a comprehensive report on dental policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2010, entitled The Cost of Delay. States were graded based on four core policy areas: sealants and fluoridation, Medicaid improvements, innovative workforce models, and data collection and reporting. Five states – Florida being one – received a grade of “F” for meeting two or fewer benchmarks for children’s dental health.
Tens of millions of children have dental coverage through either private insurance or public programs like Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For many children; however, coverage doesn’t always lead to actual care. Due to shrinking revenue bases and continued economic challenges, policy makers have had to make difficult decisions about funding choices, including dental services and coverage through Medicaid.
The fact is that kids who don’t receive appropriate dental care are more likely to miss school days and fall behind academically. In fact, data from a 2007 national survey showed that children living below the federal poverty level were about twice as likely as their more affluent peers to have suffered from a toothache, and that likelihood increased for children with special needs.
For more information on the Happy Smiles Happy Kids Children’s Dental health Fair, call (321) 433-7570. To access The PEW report, visit online at www.pewcenteronthestates.org.
Brevard Community College is committed to engaging our diverse
population in quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities which
successfully meet individual and community needs.
The Hygienists’ Political Action Committee is a group of dental hygienists and citizens of Florida that contribute to the campaigns of candidates for state legislative offices that support the oral health care of the patients that dental hygienists serve. HYPAC is also the only state political action committee that represents the interests of the profession of dental hygiene. This committee is a bipartisan program that does not favor one political party over another.
As you are probably aware, the Florida Dental Hygiene Association in collaboration with the Florida Dental Association was successful in having bills passed in the 2011 legislative year that will expand health access settings for dental hygienists. This legislation will authorize dental hygienists to provide preventive services without the physical presence, prior examination or authorization of a dentist. This will allow us to provide services to more of our state’s underserved population.
The HYPAC funds have been utilized. In order to continue our endeavors over the next year, we need contributions from concerned hygienists and other concerned citizens. If you are attending the Florida Dental Hygiene Association Symposium September 22 – 25, you may stop by the HYPAC table to give your donation and be entered to win the terrific drawing for those that contribute at the meeting or if you contributed during online registration you may pick up your entry ticket. If you are unable to attend the symposium, you may contribute at any time by filling out the attached contribution form. Every donation counts in a big way! If each Registered Dental Hygienist in the state would give $5 or more, this would make a huge impact for all concerned in this great effort!
Also, we will be holding a silent auction fundraiser of donated items at symposium. If you are able to donate an item, please let Paula know in advance if possible the item and its' value. Donated items may be dropped off at the FDHA registration desk Thurday or until noon Friday. Mark each item "HYPAC Auction" to insure delivery to our table.
Your profession and the citizens of Florida thank you for your contribution to the oral health of Florida’s population!
On May 3, 2011, House Bill 1319 by Representative Gayle Harrell passed the Florida Senate 38-0 with language allowing licensed Florida dental hygienists to performed preventative oral health services in health access settings without the prior authorization of a dentist. The bill was presented by Senator Thad Altman who substituted HB 1319 for his companion bill. Yesterday, the identical bill passed the Florida House 116-0.
This language was originally filed in House Bill 225 by Representative Fred Costello and Senate Bill 446 by Senator Alan Hays.
Senator Hays, Senator Altman, Representative Costello and Representative Harrell were all instrumental in the passage of this law.
Next, HB 1319 will go to Governor Rick Scott for his signature. Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators! (5/4/11)
Update for Senate Bill 446
Legislative Update from our Lobbyist, Trevor Mask:
On March 14, 2011, Senate Bill 446 by Senator Alan Hays (R- Umatilla) passed the Health Regulation Committee. The bill allows licensed Florida dental hygienists to apply fluoride varnishes, dental sealants and perform dental cleanings in "health access settings" without the prior authorization or supervision of a dentist. Senator Hays, a practicing dentist in Florida, briefly explained the bill and further noted that Florida dental hygienists play a very valuable role in the dentistry profession. Following his presentation, the members voted in favor of the bill unanimously.
Next, the bill will go to the Senate Budget Committee for another hearing. Once the bill passes the Budget Committee it will go to the Rules Committee before going to the full Senate for their consideration. (3-14-11)
SCAM Alert from Medical Quality Assurance
We were recently made aware of a telephone scam, whereby a licensee received a call from a woman indicating she was from the Bureau of Quality Assurance, Department of Health calling to advise his license to practice medicine was being suspended effective immediately because he failed to forward a new set of fingerprints to them. She was very convincing and indicated the mail had not been returned to their offices; however, she could put a "stay" on the suspension if he immediately sent in his fingerprints. When asked if he could go to a local police station to have them taken, she told him she would call the police station to find out if they had the correct card that was needed and that she would call the doctor back. She called him back and said the police station did not have the card and said she could FEDEX it to him and all she needed was a credit card number to charge him $25.37. She proceeded to tell him she couldn’t use the credit card he had used with them previously and that she needed a new card number, which he provided. Later, the doctor became suspicious and called both credit card companies, finding out that upwards of $10,000 had been charged to his credit cards.
In order to make our licensees aware of this potential scam and to help ensure protection of their information, the following message is being placed on: all board pages; the first page of the online services portal; the message pages after the practitioner logs into their account; and the FAQs on the online services portal --
The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, is dedicated to protecting your personal information against fraud and scams. You can help protect your license and personal bank accounts by being cautious in giving out your own personal information such as first name, last name, business name, email address, userid/password, financial information (credit card, bank account number, PIN), social security number, and driver's license number. We will never request personal credit card or bank account information over the telephone. If we require information from you, we will notify you in writing and request that you provide the information by mail or online only after you have safely and securely logged in to your account.
If you believe that someone may be using your account without your permission, please contact us immediately.
Bill Parizek, Strategic Planning Services (SPS)
Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) Florida Department of Health
ph: 850-245-4702 (SC 205-4702)
Legislation in Process
The Council of Government Affairs of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association has been very busy for many years trying to develop support for changes to both the rules and statutes that regulate the profession of dental hygiene. Many changes have been proposed to:
1. The rules that are written by the Florida Board of Dentistry
2. The statutes that are voted on by the Florida House and Senate
The attached document is in reference to the rules written by the Florida Board of Dentistry and although very exciting, must get additional approval from the Joint Administration Procedures Committee of the Florida House and Senate. It will become law once approved the committee, but this could take 72 days to one year.
Simultaneously, Senate Bill 490 was filed and released on October 20, 2009, and now gets referenced to committees. This bill sponsored by Senator Chris Smith, defines public health supervision and redefines public health access settings to include school based prevention programs. It allows, among other things, RDHs to deliver remediable tasks in public health settings without the direct supervision of a dentist. It also creates a health access dental license which allows dentists from other states with specific training and experience to practice dentistry in underserved health access settings.
Again, the attached document impact proposed rules written by the Florida Board of Dentistry.
Thank you to all of you who have contributed by your membership to the Florida Dental Hygiene Association. The hard working members on its committees have volunteered their time to bring this forward for you. Special thanks to our Past President Jackie Burt McDonough, RDH, for attending the Florida Dental Hygiene Council and Florida Board of Dentistry meetings and presenting the attached report for all of us to read and enjoy.
Lois Rigmont Barber, RDH, BSEd.
FDHA Council on Government Affairs
BCDHA Member At Large
Important Notice for Initial Licensure Applicants and Renewals - Senate Bill 1986:
Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, you are being notified that effective July 1, 2009, health care boards or the department shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been: (1)Convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendre, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application. (2)Terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years). (3)Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years).
The Department is in the process of developing business procedures to fully implement the provisions of this law. Please continue to use the applications, as they currently appear online, until rules are adopted that will allow the department to replace these applications with updated versions.
For license renewal, this law applies to offenses concluded after July 1, 2009. Since it takes some time to establish the business process, you may be allowed to renew at this time, even if you have committed a disqualifying offense. However, when the department completes the implementation of this law, if you meet one of the disqualifying requirements above, you will be asked to return your license.
Rule Change in Supervision of Duties
FYI - Finally the following Board of Dentistry rule changes will be effective July 20, 2009
1) Dental Hygienists can apply fluoride varnishes without supervision
2) Dental Hygienists can apply dental sealants under general supervision
Florida Department of Health’s Oral Healthcare Workforce Committee Advocates Florida Dental Hygiene Association Legislative Platform
In its “Health Practitioner Oral Healthcare Workforce Ad Hoc Committee Report” released on April 1, 2009, the Florida Department of Health has echoed the Florida Dental Hygiene Association’s policy recommendations that would eliminate or reduce supervisory requirements for dental hygienists practicing in public “health access” settings in order to improve access to dental care.
“Especially during this economic crisis, in which so many people live without fundamental health care access, we are gratified to see the State of Florida recognize the urgency of delivering dental care to more people by recommending the full leveraging of professional hygienists as a trained and ready resource,” said Florida Dental Hygiene Association President Paula Schad.
The Department of Health’s Oral Healthcare Workforce Ad Hoc Committee was commissioned, among its other charges, to make recommendations to Florida’s State Surgeon General that will be evaluated and incorporated into a statewide strategic plan.
Addressing dental workforce concerns also was paramount to the mission of the Committee, which recommended that the State “ . . . investigate policy reform that would expand the scope of practice and eliminate or reduce supervisory requirements for dental hygienists practicing in health access settings in
order to improve access to dental care.”
The Florida Dental Hygiene Association is continuing ongoing collaborative efforts to develop and expand programs designed to meet the Committee’s recommendations.
To view the Florida Department of Health press release on the Report, go to:
To view the Report, go to:
Urgent - Fluoridation Issue
Dear Fellow Hygienist,
Volusia County, specifically Ormond Beach, Port Orange and Deland is in the middle of a Fluoridation issue not unlike many other counties in our state (we also are hearing Fellsmere and Palm Bay are having issues). Deland has made the decision to stop fluoridation, Ormond Beach has an anti-fluoridationist that has addressed the City Council 31 times and Port Orange is questioning if they are making the right decision to continue fluoridating. Volusia County Health Department has been asked to take an active role as a Public Health leader to address the Port Orange City Council in person. We feel that the larger the dental community physical presence is, the more impact it will make. We have also been asked to help develop a materials package that can be used through out the state to address the issues as they arise or before they arise.
I am concerned that the representation from the dental hygiene community presently has only been 2 hygienists. Why? Because FDHA was not contacted and you did not know. I am here to change that. We need to be equally representedto make sure the political leaders and general public at both a local level and state level know that the dental community includes more than just the dentist. We, the dental hygiene community are also the professional watch dogs of Oral Health. I am very grateful to our local dentist who have stepped up to the plate to help with this issue (and they deserve credit) but dental hygiene needs equal representation. Please support me by being present at the planning meeting and the Port Orange City Council Meeting. It is an excellent opportunity for FDHA to be recognized at both a local level and a state level.
Jo Ann Weatherwax
The planning meeting will be: Tuesday March 10th at 5:30 Volusia County Health Department1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32117*
City Council Meeting Tuesday March 17 at 7:00 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL - 32129
*Contact person: Jo Ann Weatherwax, BSDH; work: 386-274-0895; cell:407-334-4251 *
CAN FLORIDA RDH's USE CANCER SCREENING AIDS?
A question arose at the Board of Dentistry meeting on Sept 12th, 2008 regarding whether a dental hygienist can use Visilight oral cancer screening check for patient tissue abnormalities. Although The Board of Dentistry declined to rule on this question because it was not sent to them in the proper format (via a "Petition for Declaratory Statement" or a "Petition for Rule Making") it was casually stated that this procedure cannot be done by a dental hygienist because it is not listed by law as a delegable duty. Since my term is expiring shortly, I cannot speak for FDHA in 2008 onward, but I am guessing that it will be visited again in the future. In the meantime, please spread the word through e-mail, newsletters and word of mouth so that we can protect hygienists from possibly having a future disciplinary action against their license.
Jackie Burt McDonough, R.D.H.
Florida Dental Hygiene Association
House Passes Tobacco Regulation Legislation Help it Pass in the Senate!
Please take a moment to call your Senators in support of legislation that would regulate the sale, marketing, and manufacturing of tobacco products. ADHA is working as part of a national effort to pass this legislation‹just a moment of your time will make an impact! Call your Senators Today Join in the Effort to Enact H.R. 1108/S. 625!
On July 30 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1108, legislation that would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to regulate the marketing, manufacturing, and sale of tobacco products. Tobacco products are currently among the least regulated products sold in the country and are exempt from regulations that apply to other consumer products.
ADHA has joined over 680 other organizations in the United States to advocate in favor of H.R. 1108 and its Senate companion, S. 625. The overwhelming vote to pass H.R. 1108 was a great milestone in the effort, which has been spearheaded by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, but the fight is not over. It is anticipated that S. 625 will face a tough battle to get through the Senate.
Senators need to hear from their constituents who support H.R. 1108/S. 625 if the legislation is to have a chance of making it through Congress this year. Please take a moment to make a call or send an e-mail to your Senators and let them know that you support H.R. 1108/S. 625. This is a great opportunity for the dental hygiene community to have its voice heard and join with hundreds of other organizations across the country on this important effort!
For more specifics about H.R. 1108, please visit: <http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/> . If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call ADHA¹s Governmental Affairs Division at 800-243-2343 ext. 225.
Thank you in advance for your support!
From FDHA GOVERMENTAL AFFAIRS
On Friday, April 11th, SB2670 passed as amended on the Senate floor. FDHA requested that any language pertaining to supervision levels for the dental hygienist should be removed from the bill. You can visit the final language at www.myflsenate.com. You may be asking what happened to our section of the bill. The Florida Dental Association opposed the initial language and in negotiations with the Governor's office, FDA developed "alternative language" which was presented as an accepted compromise that all dental related professional organizations would agree to. In actuality, it placed more RESTRICTIONS on our practice act. We were able have the restrictive language removed. As for the progression of the House Bill, it has not even been heard in committee yet. It is interesting that the Vice Chair of the House Health Care Committee that the bill was assigned to is Rep. Alan Hays, a Retired Dentist.
President McDonough, Tami Miller, Cookie Martin, myself and our lobbyists, Fred, Katie and Trevor had weekly, sometimes daily, conference calls to stay on top of this legislation. The week of Smile Day, Jackie, Tami, Cookie and Trevor put countless hours of work at the Capitol, meeting with key legislators and leadership. Working on this bill was definitely a team effort. I want to assure you that even though we did not get the language that we had hoped for, we have been successful in building a relationship with the Governor's office. The most important message to take from this session is who truly lost...the poor-under served citizens of Florida. We are going to fight to make a change for those who cannot fight for themselves. Governor Crist is committed to making a change to improve dental health. You will see this persuit continue. Thank you for hard work and commitment.
Betty Dalton, R.D.H.
Chairperson FDHA Council on Governmental Affairs
GOVERNOR CRIST APPOINTS THREE TO THE BOARD OF CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
August 12, 2008
TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today announced the following
reappointments and appointment:
Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage And Family Therapy And Mental
(senate confirmation required)
• Mary Macomber, 65, of Coral Springs, community services director
with Home Instead Senior Care, reappointed for a term beginning August
12, 2008, and ending October 31, 2011.
• Franklin Roberts, 71, of Fort Walton Beach, owner of Arcadia
Counseling Center, reappointed for a term beginning August 12, 2008,
and ending October 31, 2010.
• Helen Douglas, 67, of Pensacola, dental hygienist with J.M.
McGilvray, succeeding Robert Bebber, appointed for a term beginning
August 12, 2008, and ending October 31, 2010. Speaker of FDHA's House of Delegates
GOVERNOR CRIST APPOINTS TWO TO THE BOARD OF DENTISTRY
TALLAHASSEE: Governor Charlie Crist announced the following appointments:
BOARD OF DENTISTRY...(Senate confirmation required)
J. Thaddeus Morgan, 41, of Lake Mary, self-employed dentist, succeeding Michele Dallas, appointed for a term beginning May 7, 2008, and ending October 31, 2011. Dr. Morgan is also the co-founder of the Dental Care Access Foundation, a non-profit organization providing dental care for the indigent and the underinsured.
Carl Melzer, 66, of Miami, a self-employed oral and maxillofacial surgeon succeeding Eva Ackley, appointed for a term beginning May 7, 2008, and ending October 31, 2011. Dr. Melzer's career is highlighted by his dedication to improving the quality of oral health care in Florida.
The Board of Dentistry is responsible for developing and implementing policies that govern the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in Florida. The board also is tasked with approving and denying applicants for licensure, handling disciplinary hearings, and is involved in rule promulgation and in the development of legislative proposals. Governor Crist understands that dental health is intricately connected to overall health, and he is committed to improving access to dental care in Florida, especially for Florida's uninsured and underinsured.
PUBLIC HEALTH SUPERVISION FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS
WHAT IS THIS LEGISLATION?
•DOES NOT change the scope of practice for dental hygienists (it changes the supervision) •Allows dental hygienists to provide the same care they currently provide dental offices in public health settings •Uses an existing, educated dental hygiene workforce to provide critical care to the underserved •Will reduce disparities and improve direct access to preventive care for the residents of the state at highest-risk for dental disease, the low income, children, elderly and the developmentally disabled.
IS THERE A NEED IN FLORIDA? Yes!
•Florida has consistently received failing grades on National Oral Health report cards http://www.oralhealthamerica.org/OralHealthParity.html •Need identified in US Surgeon General’s Oral Health Report
•Florida’s current laws and rules restrict: oDental hygienists from delivering needed care to low-income and other underserved patients cost effectively oCounty health departments from using their limited resources efficiently and effectively
ARE DENTAL HYGIENISTS QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE CARE IN PUBLIC HEALTH SETTINGS? Yes!
•Dental Hygienists are educated, licensed and underutilized in Florida oGraduates of Accredited Dental Hygiene Programs or Graduates of Foreign Dental Schools
oSuccessfully pass state clinical and written examinations oSuccessfully pass National Board Examination •The following reports confirm the qualifications of dental hygienists oAccess to care, 2001. American Dental Hygienists’ Association Position Paper. www.adha.org/profissues/access_to_care.htm oImproving the Oral Health Status of All Americans: Roles and Responsibilities of Academic Dental Institutions The Report of the ADEA President’s Commission March, 2003
IS IT SAFE? Yes!
•26 states, in one form or another, allow direct access to dental hygiene services in public health settings without dental supervision •42 states allow dental hygienists to place dental sealants without the presence of a dentist. •According to the professional liability coverage available through the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), neither the degree of supervision nor the services provided affects the costs of the insurance for the dental hygienist
IS THIS A LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY? Yes!
•Included in the Governor’s Access to Oral Healthcare Act •Oral Health Florida (previously the State Oral Health Improvement Plan) identified public health supervision for dental hygienists as an objective in the Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Workgroup Action Plan. •Listed in the Innovative Ideas For Florida’s Future 100ideas.org
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT REVENUES?
•Provide downstream savings in the following areas: oDental Care – Children’s Dental Health Project states a 40% savings when preventive services are provided
oMedical care – by avoiding medical complications, emergency room visits, and pre-term births oSchools - by recouping the funding lost due to missed days because of dental disease oCounty Health Departments by allowing them to fully utilize their staff and resources
Good News for Florda Dental Hygienists
On December 6, 2007 the Board of Dentistry held a Rules Workshop and the proposed rules focusing on changes to Delegable Duties for Dental Hygienists and Assistants were addressed. There were two issues that the Florida Dental Hygiene Association were specifically opposing:
1.) Using appropriate implements for preliminary charting of existing restorations and missing teeth and a visual assessment of existing oral conditions, to include, but not limited to periodontal probing.
2.) Removing calculus deposits, accretions and stains from exposed surfaces of the teeth above the gingival margin.
The Florida Dental Hygiene Association was successful in defeating these proposed rules! They were both rejected. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort for the preservation of our profession.
Did you know...
Governor Jeb Bush signed three bills on July 1st that you, as a practicing Florida hygienist should know. They include HB 587, HB 699, and HB1157. You can find more detailed information at the state government Department of Health web site.
HB 587-Relating to Health Care Practitioners/Licensees: All health care licensees must provide notice to patients of what type of license the health care provider
• A name tag meets the requirement,
• An oral notice to patient meets the requirement,
• Advertisement must include this notice as well,
• Exemptions apply to Chapter 394, 395, and 400
HB 699 Continuing education requirements for dentists and dental hygienists. Visit the Florida Department of Health continuing education web site page for more information about requirements for the upcoming biennium deadline - February 28, 2008.
Bleaching Alert from Lin Flood, FDHA Past President and Tami Miller, FDHA Executive Director
ALERT: Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants are not permitted by law perform in-office whitening procedures! However, they are allowed to take impressions for and deliver at-home bleaching trays. The Rules read:
64B5-16.006 Remediable Tasks Delegable to a Dental Hygienist.
(2) The following remediable tasks may be performed by a dental hygienist
who has received training in these procedures in pre-licensure education or
who has received formal training and who performs the tasks under indirect
(g) Taking of impressions for and delivery of at-home bleaching trays.
Be aware that the laws and rules state what we are allowed to do and under what type of supervision. If it is not listed then it is not a procedure we can provide. As a licensed professional we are responsible for knowing our scope of practice. If you have any questions always call the Board of Dentistry office at: 850-245-4474 for clarification.
Tami Miller, RDH, BS
FDHA Executive Director
News from the ADA about Prophylactic Antibiotics and Infective Endocarditis
The ADA has released new information from the American Heart Association (AHA) regarding the guidelines for prophylactic antibiotics of patients with compromised cardiac health. You can also find more information from the AHA web site regarding the new guidelines at AHA or Circulation (pdf).