ADEA State Update

State Rules and Regulations of Interest - July 2018

(State Policy, Licensure, Opioid Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Public Health) Permanent link   All Posts
  • The Oregon Health Authority has repealed temporary rules and made permanent several new rules relating to Health Care Practitioner Credentialing, effective July 1, 2018. In 2013, the Authority established Oregon Common Credentialing Program (OCCP) by legislative mandate, with the goal of harmonizing the process of credentialing health care providers and reducing duplication of effort.
  • The Iowa Dental Board proposes to amend Chapter 10, “General Requirements,” and Chapter 16, “Prescribing, Administering, and Dispensing Drugs,” Iowa Administrative Code. The proposed amendments will eliminate the prohibition against ownership of a dental practice by a dental hygienist, update protocols for a licensed dental hygienist to work in a public health setting, clarify the use of silver diamine fluoride, and implement clearer requirements for reporting changes of name and address. The public is invited to submit comments in response to this proposed rule. Comments must be received by the Board by 4:30 p.m. on July 13.
  • The Iowa Pharmacy Board will temporarily reschedule 13 synthetic opioids and one opioid analgesic in Schedule I of the Iowa Uniform Controlled Substances Act, subjecting those substances, and anyone in possession of those substances, to the requirements and penalties relating to Schedule I controlled substances, effective July 25, 2018. For a list of substances rescheduled, and for more information, read the register entry from the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. Other states have also rescheduled certain controlled substances previously, including fentanyl, such as SB 39 in Alabama and SB 282 in Kansas.
  • On June 21, the Florida Department of Health – Division of Medical Quality Assurance proposed a rule that would permit allowances and fee waivers for military members, veterans and their spouses, to grant a fee waiver for dentists, and to remove the supervision requirement for dentists as set forth in recently enacted legislation by the Florida Legislature.
  • The Louisiana State Board of Dentistry is amending LAC 46:XXXIII.701 to allow hygienists working in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to operate under general supervision with the same limits as those in privately owned dental offices. When rules allowing hygienists to work under general supervision in private dental offices were first implemented, general supervision was allowed in public institutions, schools, or in an office owned by a Louisiana licensed dentist. Although they are neither public institutions nor generally owned by Louisiana licensed dentists, FQHCs employ dentists. Thus, under the current rule, FQHCs are not allowed to have hygienists work under general supervision. The rule change would allow FQHCs to have hygienists work under the general supervision of a dentist, as is currently permitted in private dental offices and public institutions.

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