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Thursday
Jan122012

WE NEED YOUR VOICE! HB2226/SB6126 Midlevel provider Hearings 

 

Hearings for House Bill HB 2226 (and its companion, Senate Bill SB 6126 ) on Midlevel providers have been set for Thursday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively in Olympia. It is imperative that you voice your concern about this bill at Dental Action Day - See below.    The bill is very similar to last year’s with a few differences, including: Disciplinary authority of both midlevels is moved from the Secretary of Health to DQAC; Language from HB 1310 which states “An advanced dental therapist may practice without the supervision or off-site supervision of a dentist” has been removed from HB 2226. However, “Off-site supervision” and all other contractual supervision remains the same as in HB 1310. Additionally, aesthetic changes are as follows: The terms dental therapist and advanced dental therapist have been changed to dental practitioner and dental hygiene practitioner; the term written collaborative agreement has been changed to written practice plan contract; and collaborating dentist has been changed to contracting dentist. Visit here to view the bill in its entirety. 
   Earlier this year Rep. Cody stated that passing dental midlevel legislation is one of her “top three” priorities in the upcoming session. We’d like to welcome all dentists to travel to Olympia for the hearings — together, we can demonstrate what we mean by “One Profession, One Voice.” For more information, call or email Government Affairs Director Bracken Killpack at 206-973-5227 (direct) or bracken@wsda.org.

 

Dental Action Day  ·  Register Today!    The 2012 DAD is January 27 in Olympia. Decisions made —  like those on HB 2226 and SB6126 — could result in fundamental changes to dental care delivery. Other issues like health care reform, funding for higher education and dental residency programs, and further cuts to dental care for the most in need. Sign up to attend today! For additional information, call Michael Walsh at 800-448-3368 or email at  michael@wsda.org.

Friday
Jan062012

Interactive Map on Distribution of Dentists and the Dental Safety Net

Wednesday
Jan042012

Medical Teams International Treats 200,000th Dental Patient

In late 2011, Medical Teams International (MTI) treated its 200,000th dental patient in the U.S with an estimated value of $60 million in free dental care. With the help of volunteer dentists, hygienists, Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries, and assistants, MTI staffs 11 mobile dental vans throughout Washington and Oregon. The program serves more than 17,000 patients a year and provides more than $8 million in free services annually.

"The Washington State Dental Association congratulates Medical Teams International and its dental team volunteers on treating their 200,000th patient" says WSDA President Dr. Rodney Wentworth. "By partnering with volunteer dentists, social service agencies, and religious organizations, MTI has created a sustainable model that provides dental care to the most vulnerable throughout the Northwest."

MTI dental vans, staff and volunteers provide ongoing dental care at 54 locations throughout Western and Southeastern Washington. At each location, a local partner screens patients for need and makes referring appointments to the next scheduled visit of the dental van.

MTI reached the 200,000th patient milestone after 20 years of work, but based on current volume, it will take less than 10 years to treat the next 200,000 patients. To learn more about MTI or to become a volunteer go to http://www.medicalteams.org/sf/what_we_do/dental_program.aspx.

Monday
Jan022012

Why WSDA Opposes Dental Therapists and HB 1310

WSDA Opposes H.B. 1310 from WA State Dental Association on Vimeo.

The Washington State Dental Association remains opposed to HB 1310. In Washington state, the dental therapist model is unsustainable without government subsidy and drains limited financial resources away from proven dental safety net programs. HB 1310 also creates unnecessary risks to the safety of dental patients. Watch our short video to learn more.

WSDA Opposes H.B. 1310 from WA State Dental Association on Vimeo.