OTHER IMPORTANT MANDATES
HIPAA OMNIBUS FINAL RULE MODIFIED, RE-EDUCATION REQUIRED BY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
(NEW) On January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the long awaited final rule that modifies parts of the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Passed by Congress in 1996, HIPAA enables workers to transfer and continue health insurance coverage if they lose or change jobs, provides standards for the use of
protected health information in electronic health records, and mandates the protection and confidentiality of protected health informationThe final rule applies to covered entities (medical/dental providers) and
business associates (organizations that use and disclose protected health information to provide administrative services to medical/dental providers). The compliance date for most aspects of the final rule is
September 23, 2013. FOR MORE INFORMATION - HIPAAFinal
OSHA regulations require annual update
on blood borne pathogens in the training of the exposure control plan (who to report to if an incident occurs) tailored to their dental office settings.
(NEW) Effective December 1, 2013: New Federal government regulations for re-education of employees
The Hazards Communication program is part of OSHA training for all employees. The purpose of having the MSDS was inform all employees to be
aware of the hazardous chemicals they were exposed to on a daily basis at work. It is important for employees to know how to handle, mix, use, store and dispose of all chemicals used in their practice. Up until
these new changes are implemented MSDS did not always contain enough information for the proper use of chemicals. Also with international trade, what may be considered hazardous in China may not have been considered
hazardous here in the US. The new changes bring about Globally Harmonized safety data sheets. So if a chemical is hazardous here it is hazardous every. There will be pictograms on the SDS. Also secondary container
labels will change. Below, are important deadlines from the OSAP web site for when these changes are due. Until all changes have been made please refer to your current MSDS.
12/1/2013: Employers must have trained employees on new label elements and safety data sheet format.
6/1/2015: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors
RHS For DA: Effective January 1, 1995: CT requires all dental assistants
exposing radiographs to be certified in radiation health and safety. To take a class, please contact PLS-203-261-2857.
CT DENTAL CE REGULATIONS
CT requires dentists 25 continuing education credits (live or home study) biennially to include one hour of education in
each of the following mandates:
- Infectious diseases including HIV and AIDS
- Access to care
- Rrisk management
- Care of special needs patients and
- Domestic violence including sexual abuse
NEW: MASS Dental Assistants:
IMPORTANT NEWS! On November 5, 2014, the Board of
Registration in Dentistry voted to revise the current requirement, pursuant to 234 CMR 8.02, that all licensed dental assistants must complete 12 CEUs in the first renewal cycle no later than October 31, 2015. The
Board has revised this requirement in this manner:
All licensed dental assistants must complete 4-6 CEUs in the first renewal cycle no later than October 31, 2015.
The required 4-6 CEUs must be completed in the following two specific areas:
- A minimum of 1 CEU for an online course OR 3 CEUs for a live course in the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control for Dental Healthcare Settings, AND
- A minimum of 3 CEUs for a live course that results in
certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED. No online BLS or CPR/AED certification courses will be accepted.
- Please note this is a one-time only revision of the CEU
requirements for all licensed dental assistants. Once the second licensure cycle begins on November 1, 2015, all licensed dental assistants will be required to complete 12 CEUs no later than October 31, 2017.
If a dental assistant was certified in BLS or CPR/AED between
October 31, 2013 and October 31, 2015, then that certification will satisfy 3 of the required 4-6 CEUs that must be completed by October 31, 2015. There is
no need to repeat a BLS or CPR/AED certification course if you became certified in this time period.
If there are any questions regarding the CEU requirements for
renewing a dental assistant license, please contact the Board by phone at (617) 973-0924 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLS offers online and live seminars to meet these requirments.