Bill Summary for S 580 (2021)

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May 25 2022

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
Senate Bill 580 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 6, 2021
AN ACT REVISING THE DENTAL PRACTICE ACT AND EXEMPTING DENTISTS FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO SUBMIT DEMOGRAPHIC AND CLINICAL DATA TO THE STATEWIDE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE NETWORK KNOWN AS NC HEALTHCONNEX.
Intro. by B. Jackson, Sanderson, Edwards.

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House committee substitute replaces the content of the 2nd edition with the following.

Amends GS 90-30 to allow clinical examinations required of applicants for a license to practice dentistry to include procedures performed on simulated human subjects, such as manikins, rather than human subjects only as currently required. 

Amends GS 90-36 to distinguish and revise the qualifications for a dentist to receive a license by credentials by way of either holding an instructor's license or graduating from a specified dental school. Now requires applicants who hold a current instructor's license to have held the license for at least two years prior to applying, and have been engaged in the teaching and practice of clinical dentistry for a minimum of 2,000 hours in the two years immediately preceding the date of application (previously, only required to hold a current instructor's license). Now exempts applicants for licensing by credentials who hold an instructor's license and meet these new requirements from the qualification to have five years of experience practicing pursuant to subdivision (c)(1). Requires those qualifying by graduating with a dental degree to have graduated from a school or college accredited by the US Department of Education (was, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and approved by the NC Board of Dental Examiners). 

Eliminates the requirement for licensed dentists to begin submitting demographic and clinical data for State-funded health care services to the Health Information Exchange Network pursuant to GS 90-414.4 by January 1, 2023, and instead authorizes licensed dentists to voluntarily connect to the HIE Network and data.

Changes the act's titles.

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