DQAC Meeting Friday, KN95 Masks Still Available & Additional Resources

DQAC Meeting Friday, KN95 Masks Still Available & Additional Resources

DQAC meeting this Friday, KN95 masks still available for Washington dentists, upcoming ADA webinars and other updates.

DQAC Virtual Business Meeting – June 5

Friday, June 5 at 8:30 AM

See the agenda here.

According to DQAC, "Goto Webcasting allows up to 5000 participants to attend the meeting with 1000 of those attendees able to use phone line option. If participation reaches 5001, the commission meeting will be cancelled. The dental commission will not be taking public comment during the meeting. Please send written comment to the commission at dental@doh.wa.gov."

How to Attend
Click here to register for the meeting from your laptop, tablet or mobile device. Audio will stream through your selected device, so be sure to have headphones or your volume turned up. If your device does not offer audio and you want to use a phone line option, please contact Jennifer Santiago at jennifer.santiago@doh.wa.gov for the access phone number.

Free KN95 Masks Still Available for WA Dentists

While supplies last, one box of 50 FDA-approved KN95 masks is available to any actively practicing licensed Washington dentist. Masks are supplied from the Washington State Emergency Management Division and are being shipped directly to dentists by The Dentists Supply Company (TDSC) on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have not yet ordered your one box of masks, please do so ASAP, as nearly 2,000 of 3,000 available boxes have already been claimed.

Learn More & Place Order

AIDS Education & Training Update

Dentists, EFDAs, dental assistants and dental hygienists in Washington state are currently required to complete seven hours of instruction in HIV/AIDS education and training in order to be licensed. However, as a reminder, effective June 11, 2020, this education and training will no longer be required.

During the 2020 legislative session, in an effort to update Washington’s laws regarding HIV transmission, the legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1551. This legislation, among other things, removes the requirement for all health care professionals to complete education and training on the prevention, transmission, and treatment of AIDS.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission will begin rulemaking in the near future to align current rules with the new law.

Upcoming ADA Webinars

Live Webinar: How to Handle Employee Issues As You Reopen – Ask Me Anything
Thursday, June 4 at 11 AM PT | Register

Across the country, many practices have started bringing their teams back, and still, a few are just now able to turn their eyes towards the prospect of reopening. Dentists, as employers, are now dealing with an entirely new set of employer issues. Walk through these issues with CEDR HR Solutions CEO Paul Edwards.

Live Webinar: How Will COVID-19 Impact Access to Dental Care for Vulnerable Populations?
Thursday, June 4 at 9 AM PT | Register

This webinar brings together thought leaders in health policy and experts in public health to debate how COVID-19 will impact access to dental care for vulnerable populations.

ADA Resources

Dr. Dennis Bradshaw
WSDA President