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Entries in Regulatory (45)


DQAC Rules Needing Comment

The Washington State Department of Health and the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) are currently in the process of reviewing several rule changes which if approved could be implemented before the end of the year. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to submit written testimony relating to the proposed rules prior to the formal rules hearing. The following is a list of rules currently open for public comment:

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On Friday, September 12th, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business. Here are some of the current issues before the commission:

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WSDA Fights back: Corporate Practices

 For decades, many of Washington’s dentists have expressed concern, angst, and frustration over the corporate dental practice model. These emotions have arisen over concerns about quality of care and the often clandestine nature of these entities. Many dentists, including several who have worked for corporate dental organizations as associate dentists, do not completely understand their ownership structure, business relationship with the management group, and ultimately where the buck stops. Without transparency and clarity, there are very legitimate questions about whether corporate practices operate legally in Washington state.

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Reclassification of Hydrocodone Products

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule that reclassifies hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) such as Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II drugs. Effective October 6, 2014, this reclassification will have an impact on dentist’s ability to prescribe HCPs. Dentists that currently hold a Schedule III DEA registration will need to re-register with the DEA for Schedule II authority in order to continue prescribing hydrocodone combination products. 

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