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2015 FINAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
HB 1282: Dental Hygiene Practice
On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, HB 1282 passed the Senate 48-0. HB 1282 will be sent to Governor Pence for his signature and will become law July 1, 2015. HB 1282 was introduced to the Indiana legislature in January 2015 to clarify content in HB 1061 which became law July 1, 2014.
HB 1282 clarifies the following points:
1. HB 1282 states, in addition to needing two years’ experience to utilize prescriptive supervision, a dental hygienist MUST have worked an average of 20 hours per week during that time frame.
2. According to HB 1282, if a dental hygienist practices under the prescriptive supervision of a licensed dentist, the dentist’s written authority MUST be recorded, signed and dated in the patient’s records.
3. HB 1282 states that an “order” from the dentist is valid for up to 45 days. This 45 day time frame applies to both the private dental offices and other practice settings. (See the clarification statement below.)
4. HB 1282 also allows a dental hygienist to utilize dental lasers EXCEPT to cut, ablate or cauterize hard or soft tissue. Therefore, HB 1282 allows a hygienist to use the Diagnodent®.
CLARIFICATION OF THE 45 DAY “ORDER”:
In private practice, the dentist must have examined the patient within the past seven months and must have written an order, formerly called a written authorization, no longer than 45 days prior to the dental hygiene appointment. As stated above in item #3, the 45 day limitation on the written order/authorization applies to both the private practice and public health settings. In a public health setting, both the examination and the written order must have been completed by the dentist within 45 days of the dental hygiene appointment.
To view HB 1282 in its entirety, go to: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/.
HB 1303: State Registration of Privately Certified Individuals
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, HB 1303 was passed by both houses and will be sent to Governor Pence for his signature. HB 1303 will become law July 1, 2015.
Thanks to the diligent lobbying efforts of Steve Beebe, HB 1303 exempts all healthcare professions, including all aspects of dentistry, and anyone licensed by the plumbing commission. HB 1303 will be a two year pilot project that is limited to accepting no more than five new professions. The legislature is required to reevaluate this pilot program during the 2018 legislative session.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF HB 1303:
State registration of privately certified individuals. Establishes a pilot project under which individuals who practice a certain occupation that is NOT a regulated profession under Indiana law can become “state registered” and be listed as practitioners of their occupation on the electronic registry of professions.
To view HB 1303 in its entirety, go to http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/.
2015 IDHA's Professional Development Day and
House of Delegates
May 15-16. 2015
Was a huge success! Thank you to our Sponsors:
IDHA Strategic Plan
Lead the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health.
Dental hygienists are integrated into the healthcare delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care.
IDHA 2014-2019 Goals
1. Advocacy- The profession of dental hygiene will advance at the state and local level.
2. Alliances- IDHA is better positioning the profession to be viewed as an integrated part of the healthcare system through strategic partnerships.
3. Education- Dental hygiene professionals will be prepared for the evolving scope of professional practice and settings.
IDHA 2014-2019 Objectives
1. Maximize the ability of dental hygienists to take advantage of opportunities in more integrated health systems
2. Maximize relationships with local and state community representatives
3. Advocate legislative activities that support IDHA's mission
4. Raise public awareness of the Indiana dental hygiene profession
1. Increase strategic partnerships
2. Strengthen and expand relationships with educators
1. Expand professional development opportunities for lifelong learners
2. Build stakeholder knowledge of the profession
IDHA will make every effort to post employment forms within 24 hours.
Hygienists can view job postings in the Member Only section.
Employment information for IDHA Members can also be listed on our page, "Hygienists Seeking Employment". Just download the form and email it to IDHA and your information will get posted!
IDHA will make every effort to post employment forms within 24 hours. All postings will be removed on a February/August rotation. No reminders will be sent out. No applications will be kept on file and resubmission will be necessary.
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