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Monday
Feb062012

Register online today for the PNDC and save even more!



REGISTER ONLINE AND SAVE $25 ·  Online registration is fast, easy, and lets you see what workshops are available in real time, making getting that perfect PNDC schedule a breeze. Plus, by registering online, you’ll save the $25 processing fee. Register online before April 30 to qualify for the Early Bird rate, too!

 
Don’t want to register online? We still want you to come to the PNDC! Simply download the registration form found here, complete it for your dental team, and either print and fax it to us, or scan and email it to us — just be advised that there is a $25 processing fee for EACH form you fax or email. Questions? Call us at 800-448-3368.
Monday
Feb062012

Share your Give Kids a Smile photos and stories!

 Make sure you send us pictures and stories from your Give Kids a Smile events this month. We'll run as many images as we have space for, and might even run them over two issues!

Friday
Feb032012

2012 Dental Action Day Photos

Thursday
Feb022012

Dental Practitioner Bill Passes Senate Health Committee


This afternoon, the Senate Health Committee voted SSB 6126 out of committee with amendments. This means that the Senate version of the “dental practitioner” legislation moves out of committee and can potentially be considered by the full Senate. The following amendments were added to the bill:

  • Language requiring that a dentist be available for “instant communication via video conferencing during treatment if needed.”
  • Requires that practice plan contracts be “made available to the public upon request” and available “at the practice of the dental practitioner or the dental hygiene practitioner and provided to patients of the practitioner's practice upon request.”
  • The following section was added to the bill: “The American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association are encouraged to consult with stakeholders, including dentists, dental hygienists, and patient advocates, to study programs in the state that use volunteer dentists and oral surgeons to provide specialty care dental services, including tooth extractions and root canals, to low-income adults and children. This study should include an investigation into expansion of volunteer specialty care dental services into underserved areas in the state and methods to finance these programs. In order to provide the legislature time to review the work of the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association, the results of this study should be reported to the legislature by January 1, 2013.”

Before passing the bill, members of the committee expressed a desire to continue to refine the scope of practice of the practitioners and other aspects of the legislation. A complete copy of the amended bill can be found here.

HB 2226, the House companion bill of SB 6126, died in the House Health Committee earlier this week.
The WSDA continues to oppose SSB 6126 because it fractures the dental home, increases patient risk, and is not an economically viable model. More information about our opposition can be found here. With the help of our grassroots dentists, we will continue to fight against this legislation. Grassroots dentists will receive more information early next week about how they can help.


Please contact bracken@wsda.org with any questions.