ADEA State Update

California Wraps Up its Legislative Session

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The California legislature ended its annual session on Aug. 31 and sent several significant pieces of legislation to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. Some of the most significant legislation for dental education and the dental industry signed by Gov. Brown include:

Prescription Drug Monitoring

  • AB 1751 allows the state Department of Justice (DOJ) to enter into a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data-sharing agreement directly with another state’s PDMP without going through a data share hub. The bill also requires the DOJ to memorialize its policies regarding access and use of the information within CURES—the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System—through the public rulemaking process no later than July 1, 2020.
  • AB 2086 allows prescribers of controlled substances to review a list of patients for whom they are listed as being the prescriber in the California DOJ’s prescription drug monitoring program.

Dental Practice

  • SB 501 makes several significant changes to laws governing dentists who administer deep sedation. Included among those changes are the establishment of licensing and permit requirements for dentists to administer, or order the administration of, deep sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis for dental patients; additional requirements and endorsements for administering deep sedations to children under 7 and 13 years of age; and additional changes specified in the bill.

Dental Hygiene Committee

  • SB 1482 recreates the Dental Hygiene Committee of California as the Dental Hygiene Board of California, an independent board within the Department of Consumer Affairs, and gives it authority to review and discipline educational programs.

Student Loan Servicing

  • AB 38 makes numerous changes to the Student Loan Servicing Act. One of the most significant is that it modifies the scope of the act by prohibiting engagement in the business of servicing a student loan in the state without first obtaining a license as prescribed by the act.

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