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CSPD Letters
of Support

2005-2006 California Legislature
Bills of Interest to CSPD
Final Scorecard

September 30, 2006

      AB 1268  (Oropeza) Specialty Advertising - This bill was introduced after a court decision last year (Potts v. Dental Board of California) found current law regarding advertising of dental specialty status to be an unconstitutional restriction of speech. Specifically, the court ruled it unconstitutional for the legislature to attempt to define what constitutes specialty training or qualification. This law would take a different approach and require, instead, that (1) a non-specialist practicing in an ADA-recognized specialty area must disclose that he or she is a general dentist and (2) a dentist practicing or claiming specialty in an area not recognized by the ADA must disclose that the specialty area and any certifying board in that area are not recognized as such by the ADA.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Died in Committee

AB 1334  (Salinas) RDHAP Scope of Practice - Existing law requires a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) to obtain a written prescription from a dentist or physician (who has performed a physical examination and diagnosis on the patient) before performing dental hygiene services. This bill, as amended, would allow a RDHAP to provide services without such a prescription for up to 18 months, after which written verification must be obtained that the patient has been examined by a licensed dentist or physician. The verification must include a prescription for subsequent dental hygiene services. Failure to comply with this regulation would be considered unprofessional conduct.
CSPD Position: Oppose, unless amended to include safeguards reflecting the need and value of linkage to dental diagnosis and therapeutic care
Outcome: Signed into Law 9/30/06

AB 1433  (Emmerson) Oral Health Assessments - This bill, similar to AB 1077 which failed earlier this year in the Assembly, would require students entering the public schools in either kindergarten or first grade to present evidence of having received an oral health assessment by a licensed dental health professional no earlier than 12 months prior to initial enrollment. Parents would be given a standardized form by the school which could be used for the purpose of the assessment, or on which the parent could indicate why such an assessment could not be completed. The Department of Health Services would conduct an evaluation of the requirements imposed by this section and prepare and submit to the Legislature by January 1, 2010, a report that discusses any improvements in the oral health of children resulting from the imposition of these requirements.
CSPD Position: Support - View CSPD's Letter of Support (PDF Document, 33 KB)
and CSPD's Letter of Support to the Governor (PDF Document, 33 KB)
Outcome: Signed into Law 9/22/06

AB 2284  (Jones) Foster Care Preventive Health Assessments - Under existing California law, when a child taken into temporary custody as a dependent child of the Court is in need of medical, dental or other remedial care, the assigned social worker or the juvenile court may authorize that care. This bill would additionally require prescribed health and dental assessments and that an appropriate referral be made when chronic or acute health care needs are suspected. Specifically, the bill would require semiannual dental assessments by a licensed dentist, including preventive and restorative care beginning at age one. A child under age one would be referred to a dentist if during a preventive health assessment an oral condition is detected, suspected or found. The bill would extend Medi-Cal benefits to these children until the age of 21.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Died in Committee

AB 2560  (Ridley-Thomas) Public School Health Center Program - This bill would require the State Department of Health Services, in cooperation with the State Department of Education, to establish a Public School Health Center Support Program to facilitate and encourage the establishment, retention and expansion of public school health centers through technical assistance and coordination of resources.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 9/20/06

AB 2775  (Daucher) Denti-Cal Anesthesia Services - This bill would require that dental anesthesiologists, who are paid for services through the Denti-Cal program, be reimbursed at a rate equal to that of medical anesthesiologists providing similar sedation and anesthesia services under the Medi-Cal program.
CSPD Position: Support - View CSPD's Letter of Support (PDF Document, 31 KB)
Outcome: Died in Committee

AB 3071  (Chan) Dental Disease Prevention Programs - Existing law authorizes Community Dental Disease Prevention Programs (CDDPP) to offer preventive dental education, screenings, and preventive services, including application of dental sealants and topical prophylactic (fluoride) agents, as approved by the Department of Health Services, to specified pre-school through sixth grade and special needs populations This bill would make certain technical changes to emphasize evidence-based and age-appropriate services and allow auxiliary dental health professionals to provide these services within the scope of their licenses.
CSPD Position: Watch
Outcome: Died; Held in the Legislature at the Author's Request

SB 299  (Chesbro) Licensure by Credential - Existing law provides that a dentist with a valid dental license in another state, active in clinical practice or full-time teaching in 5 of the 7 preceding years, and meeting certain other requirements, may be granted a license to practice dentistry in California. Existing law also allows a dentist with at least two years of practice experience (including that obtained in residency training) to fulfill the remainder of the five year requirement by practice in California under a special permit in a specified public health clinic or accredited dental education program. This bill would provide that the five-year clinical practice requirement may be met by the applicant contracting to practice dentistry full time for two years in a specified licensed primary care clinic, or teach two years in an accredited dental education program. Emergency Statute
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 1/30/06

SB 438  (Migden) Surgery Scope of Practice - The bill would allow qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons who obtain a special permit from the Board to perform specified elective facial cosmetic procedures in specified settings This legislation is essentially identical to SB 1336 (Burton) in the last session, which was vetoed by the Governor over concerns about the competency and training of oral and maxillofacial surgeons to perform the procedures specified in the bill. Those concerns were addressed by a favorable occupational analysis completed this year.
CSPD Position: Support
Outcome: Signed into Law 9/30/06

SB 683  (Aanestad) Dental Licensure by Post-Graduate Education - Present law authorizes the Dental Board of California to license a dentist if he or she has successfully passed an examination recognized under statute (either that of the DBC itself or the Western Regional Examination Board) or holds a valid license in another state and qualifies for state licensure under various provisions of licensure by credential (LBC). This legislation would authorize the Dental Board to grant a license to an applicant who, among certain other requirements, holds a degree from a CODA-accredited dental school and successfully completes a CODA-accredited one-year, clinically-based advanced dental education (GPR or AEGD) program.
CSPD Position: Support
Status: Signed into Law 9/30/06

SB 912  (Ducheny) Medi-Cal Provider Reimbursement - Existing law requires the Director of Health Services (DHS) beginning January 1, 2004 until January 1, 2007 to reduce all Medi-Cal provider payments (and certain other payments including those to managed care plans) by 5%. Other law (AB 1735, Chapter 719 of 1975) eliminates the authority of the DHS to impose this reduction for services provided January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005. This bill would eliminate the 5% reduction for Medi-Cal program services beginning 14 days after the effective date (signing) of the bill and ending January 1, 2007. The bill would exempt from elimination payments to managed health care plans.
CSPD Position: Support - View CSPD's Letter of Support (PDF Document, 28 KB)
Outcome: Signed into Law 2/17/06

SB 1403  (Scott) Denti-Cal Claim Submission Documentation - Existing law requires the Department of Health Services to require pretreatment radiographic documentation on posttreatment claims when four or more restorations are provided in any 12 month period. This law would remove that requirement for beneficiaries under four years of age or who are documented by a licensed medical professional as being developmentally disabled, regardless of age. For beneficiaries meeting one of these requirements, there must be retained in the patient's chart a statement as to why radiographs could not be obtained and photographs documenting the condition requiring dental restorations.
CSPD Position: Support - View CSPD's Letter of Support (PDF Document, 29 KB)
Outcome: Signed into Law 7/7/06

SB 1472  (Figueroa) Dental Hygiene Bureau - This bill would create the California Dental Hygiene Bureau in the Department of Consumer Affairs, which would assume responsibility from the Dental Board of California (DBC) and the Board's Committee on Dental Auxiliaries (COMDA) for the licensing, regulation, and discipline of Registered Dental Hygienists. The bill would also extend the sunset dates of the DBC. The bill would also extend the sunset date of the DBC by one year (to January 1, 2009) and allow Registered Dental Hygienists to become Denti-Cal providers.
CSPD Position: Oppose
Outcome: Passed by the Legislature; Vetoed by the Governor 9/30/06

SB 1541  (Ducherny) Registered Dental Assistants Licensure - Under existing law, the Dental Board of California (DBC) is required to license as a Registered Orthodontic Assistant, Registered Surgery Assistant, or Registered Restorative Assistant, a person who has satisfactorily completed specified coursework approved by the Board. This bill would retain an alternate pathway to such licensure by 12-18 months work experience, passage of a Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination, and passage of a practical examination The law would impose certain requirements on the certifying dentist providing such on-the-job training, including completion of a six-hour course in teaching methodology (unless exempt), payment of a fee to the Board, and ensuring that patients treated by a student are verbally informed of the student's status. The law would specify that candidates qualifying for licensure through formal education would also be required to pass a DBC-approved written and practical examination.
CSPD Position: Support - View CSPD's Letter of Support to the Governor (PDF Document, 27 KB)
Outcome: Signed into Law 9/30/06


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