Last week, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held several public meetings to discuss ongoing business before the commission. Here are the highlights:
- On Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) held a public hearing to discuss the proposed initial dental license fee reductions. WSDA testified in favor of the proposal but also asked DOH to consider lowering the UWSoD faculty fees as well. Under the proposed rules, UW dental faculty would not see their license fees decrease. WSDA President, Dr. Danny Warner submitted a letter encouraging DOH to revise the proposed rule that can be viewed here.
- DOH anticipates the license fee reduction will take effect January 1, 2014. Dentists will be required to pay whatever amount is listed on their renewal statement.
- The DQAC Corporate Practice Committee met again Friday afternoon. Committee members listened to a presentation from Pacific Dental Services, a Southern California based practice management company looking to expand into Washington state. The Corporate Practice Committee will meet again on January 17, 2014.
- Lastly, DOH will pursue legislation to establish continuing education requirements for expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDAs) in 2014. DQAC asked DOH to consider EFDA continuing education legislation back in June. Under current rules, dentists and dental aesthesia assistants are the only two professions governed by DQAC that are required to complete continuing education for license renewal.
Should you have any additional questions regarding legal and regulatory issues, please contact WSDA's Government Affairs Coordinator, Mike Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-448-3368.