On May 16,
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) signed SSB 5322 into law. The law provides
that only dentists licensed in the state of Washington may own dental practices
in the state and confirms that dentists may contract with third parties to
provide support services.
The law also prohibits
third parties from interfering with a practicing dentist’s independent clinical
Examples of such
interference include the following (this list is not exhaustive):
the time spent with a patient or performing dental services.
conditions on the number of patients treated or procedures created.
or imposing requirements on a dentist’s treatment decisions.
with access to patient records or a refund of a payment.
law also provides whistleblower protection for those reporting activities that
may constitute the unlicensed practice of dentistry.
effective date of the new law is July 23.