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Regulatory Flexibility Act Form

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24 DE Admin. Code 1100
The Delaware Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, pursuant to 24 Del.C. §1106(a)(1), proposes to revise its regulations. The proposed amendments to subsections 4.0 and 4.1 seek to clarify that the statutory requirement set forth at 24 Del.C. §1122(a)(1) requiring dental candidates to have "received a degree in dentistry from an accredited dental college or university accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association" may obtain such a degree through either a pre-doctoral dental education program or a post-doctoral dental program of at least 24 months in any specialty that includes a clinical component. The proposed changes at subsection 12.2.28 seek to clarify that fee-splitting is a basis for discipline of a Delaware dentist or dental hygienist.
1.1 Direct Supervision - The dentist is present in the office, personally examines the patient and specifically authorized the work to be performed. The dentist checks the work before the patient leaves the office.
1.2 Indirect Supervision - A dentist is present in the office and generally authorizes the work to be performed. The dentist may examine the patient, either before or after work is performed. The dentist is available for consultation during the patient visit.
1.3 General Supervision - A dentist may or may not be present in the office while the work is performed. The dentist authorizes the work to be performed. Emergency care and consultant services are provided by an "on-call" dentist not present in the treatment facility, if the primary dentist is not present.
1.4 Dental Technician - Any person not licensed to practice dentistry in this State, engaged in the business of constructing, altering, repairing or duplicating full dentures ("plates"), partial dentures, splints, orthodontic appliances, fixed bridges or any other prosthetic appliances.
4.0 Qualifications of Applicant; Education and Residency Requirements [24 Del.C. §1122(a)(3)]
4.12 An applicant for licensure as a dentist must have completed 1 year as a dental intern within a general practice residency accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
4.23 An applicant who has completed a CODA approved specialty residency of 4 years or more will be deemed to have satisfied the general practice residency requirement.
4.34 An applicant who has completed a CODA approved specialty residency of less than 4 years must demonstrate that the specialty residency program meets the following criteria:
4.34.1 The program must meet the goals, objectives, proficiencies and competencies set forth in Standard 2.4 of the CODA Accreditation Standards for Advanced Education Programs in General Practice Residency, ©2007.
4.34.2 The program must include a rotation of at least 70 hours in anesthesia and a rotation of at least 70 hours in medicine.
4.45 An applicant for licensure as a dentist by reciprocity who has had at least 3 years of active dental practice in another state or territory of the United States is not required to provide evidence of a general practice or specialty residency.
4.45.1 Active practice shall be defined as an average of at least 1000 hours of direct patient care per year. Satisfactory evidence of active practice may include, but is not limited to, W-2 forms, 1099 forms, tax returns, and/or written verification of hours from the dental practice administrator. The Board reserves the right to request supplemental verification and to reject incomplete documentation.
4.56 An applicant for licensure as a dental hygienist by reciprocity must demonstrate active practice during 3 of the 5 years immediately preceding the application in the state in which the applicant currently is or has been licensed.
4.56.1 Active practice shall be defined as an average of at least 350 hours of direct patient care per year. Satisfactory evidence of active practice may include, but is not limited to, W-2 forms, 1099 forms, tax returns, and/or written verification of hours from the dental practice administrator. The Board reserves the right to request supplemental verification and to reject incomplete documentation.
5.7 Practice in a Public Health Institution - A licensed dental hygienist, per 24 Del.C. §1121(c), may operate under the general direction of a dentist in an institution, provided that all of the conditions of general supervision are met.
6.5.1.1 American Dental Association (ADA), its constituents and components including CERP (Continuing Education Recognition Program)
6.5.2.6 Dental lectures and courses presented via electronic media including computer disks where CPE credits are not specified, one (1) hour of credit will be given for each hour of scientific session attended.
6.8.4 Sanctions for Unjustified Noncompliance. If the Board finds unjustified non-compliance, the Board will impose discipline in accordance with 29 Del.C. §1129 which may include, but is not limited to monetary penalties up to $1,000, suspension and/or revocation of a practitioner's license.
6.12.4 Sanctions for Unjustified Noncompliance. If the Board finds unjustified non-compliance, the Board will impose discipline in accordance with 29 Del.C. §1129 which may include, but is not limited to monetary penalties up to $1,000, suspension and/or revocation of a practitioner's license.
The following definitions are taken from the Guidelines for Teaching the Comprehensive Control of Pain and Anxiety in Dentistry, American Dental Association, Council on Dental Education (July 1993). These terms refer to the extent of a drug’s depressant effect upon the central nervous system and should not be confused with the route by which the drug is administered.
10.4 Dentistry or dental hygiene candidates, other than dental hygiene candidates who qualify for licensure under 24 Del.C. §1124, must have passed the applicable practical clinical examination within five years of application for licensure in Delaware. The Board reserves the right to waive this requirement for just cause.
Authority. Pursuant to 74 Del. Laws. c.262, (Senate Bill No. 229 of the 142nd General Assembly, 2004, as amended), the Board was directed to promulgate regulations specifically identifying those crimes which are substantially related to the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.
Purpose. The Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene believes that the State of Delaware has a compelling public policy interest in ensuring that its licensed professionals not only have specified levels of educational and professional competence but also possess sufficient character and judgment necessary to practice safely in their chosen fields and to do so in a manner which will not undermine the community’s confidence in the expertise and professionalism of the members of the profession. Licensed professionals, particularly those in health care related fields, often come into contact with clients and patients and other members of the public at times when they may be sick, infirmed or otherwise extremely vulnerable to undue influence or other forms of misuse, fraud and abuse. It is therefore critical that all reasonable steps are taken to determine, to the extent possible, that the regulation of such professionals takes into consideration not only the individual’s technical competence but his or her demonstrated propensity to behave in a way that does not expose the client population to risk or diminish legitimate expectations of honest and honorable behavior by such licensed health care professionals. Therefore, the Board finds that for purposes of licensing, renewal, reinstatement and discipline, the conviction of any of the following crimes, or of the attempt to commit or a conspiracy to commit or conceal the following crimes or substantially similar crimes in another state or jurisdiction, is deemed to be substantially related to the practice of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene in the State of Delaware without regard to the place of conviction:
Conviction”, unless otherwise defined by specific statute, means a verdict of guilty by whether entered by a judge or jury, or a plea of guilty or a plea of nolo contendere or other similar plea such as a “Robinson” or “Alford” plea unless the individual has been discharged under §4218 of Title 11 of the Delaware Code (probation before judgment) or under §1024 of Title 10 (domestic violence diversion program) or by §4764 of Title 16 (first offenders controlled substances diversion program).
Substantially similar crimes in another state or jurisdiction” includes all crimes prohibited by or punishable under Title 18 of the United Stated Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) such as, but not limited to, Federal Health Care offenses.
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