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Entries in Regulatory (34)


FDA Considers Reclassification of Controlled Substances

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing recommendations regarding a more restrictive classification of hydrocodone-containing combination drug products (HCCs). These recommendations are the result of an increasing concern related to the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which over the years has become a prevalent issue in certain parts of the United States, especially among teens and adults.

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Last Friday, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business before the commission. Here are the highlights:

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Licensure Fees to Decrease Beginning January 1, 2014

Last week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that beginning January 1, 2014, active license renewal fees for dentists will be reduced by $176. The rule change amends WAC 246-817-990 which dictates dentist licensure fees and renewal cycle. The current dental licensure renewal fee of $576 is the second highest dental licensure fee in the nation.

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New Employer Notification Mandate Under Health Care Reform

A provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now requires all employers to notify their employees about the existence of the newly created health benefit exchanges.  All employers are required to make this notification to all current employees by October 1. Several dental offices have reported that they received a notification of this from the Department of Labor.

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