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Within 30 days after the death or incapacity of a dentist, the contracting dentist or dentists shall send notification of the death or incapacity by mail to the last known address of each current patient of record with an explanation of how copies of the patient's records may be obtained. This notice may also contain any other relevant information concerning the continuation of the dental practice. The failure to comply with the notification requirement within the 30-day period shall be grounds for terminating the operation of the dental practice under subdivision (b). The contracting dentist or dentists shall obtain a form signed by the patient, or the patient's guardian or legal representative, that releases the patient's confidential dental records to the contracting dentist or dentists prior to use of those records.

Summary:

A licensed dentist who fails to release the dental records of a patient (accompanied by that patient's written authorization for release of record to the board) within 15 days of receiving the request and authorization, shall pay to the board a civil penalty unless the licensee is unable to provide the documents within this time period for good cause. A health care facility shall comply with a request for the dental records of a patient that is accompanied by that patient's written authorization for release of records to the board; failure to provide the authorizing patient's dental records to the board within 30 days shall subject the health care facility to a civil penalty, unless the health care facility is unable to provide the documents within this time period for good cause.

Summary:

Unprofessional conduct by licensed dental hygienist includes the failure to report to the Dental Hygiene Committee in writing within seven days: (1) the death of his or her patient during the performance of any dental hygiene procedure; (2) the discovery of the death of a patient whose death is related to a dental hygiene procedure performed by him or her; or (3) except for a scheduled hospitalization, the removal to a hospital or emergency center for medical treatment for a period exceeding 24 hours of any patient as a result of dental or dental hygiene treatment. Upon receipt of a report pursuant to this subdivision, the committee may conduct an inspection of the dental hygiene practice office if the committee finds that it is necessary.

Summary:

A registered dental hygienist shall report to the Dental Hygiene Committee all deaths occurring in his or her practice with a copy sent to the Dental Board if the death occurred while working as an employee in a dental office. A dentist shall report to the dental board all deaths occurring in his or her practice with a copy sent to the committee if the death was the result of treatment by a registered dental hygienist.

Summary:

A licensed dental hygienist must comply with a request by the Dental Hygiene Committee for a patient's dental hygiene records that has the patient’s written authorization for release, within 15 days of receiving the request and authorization. Failure to do so will result in a civil penalty payment to the committee, unless the licensee is unable to provide the documents within this time period for good cause.

Summary:

A health care facility must provide dental hygiene records that the patient has authorized in writing for release of records to the Dental Hygiene Committee together with a notice citing the penalties for failure to comply with an authorized request. Failure to provide the authorizing patient's dental hygiene records to the committee within 30 days of receiving this request, authorization, and notice shall subject the health care facility to a civil penalty payment to the committee, unless the health care facility is unable to provide the documents within this time period for good cause.

Summary:

A licensed dental hygienist must comply with a court order mandating the release of records to the Dental Hygiene Committee. Unless it is determined that the order is unlawful or invalid, failure to comply results in a civil penalty to be paid to the committee and constitutes unprofessional conduct that is grounds for suspension or revocation of his or her license; the licensee is also guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.

Summary:

Health care facilities must comply with a court order mandating the release of patient records to the Dental Hygiene Committee that is accompanied by a notice citing the penalties for failure to comply. Unless it is determined that the order is unlawful or invalid, failure to comply results in a civil penalty to be paid to the committee; the facility is also guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine.

Summary:

Each dental hygienist diversion evaluation committee shall have the duty and responsibility to evaluate those licensees who request to participate in the diversion program, and to receive and review information concerning a licensee participating in the program.

Summary:

After a diversion evaluation committee, in its discretion, has determined that a licensed dental hygienist has been rehabilitated and the diversion program is completed, the diversion evaluation committee shall purge and destroy all records pertaining to the licensee's participation in the diversion program.

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