Bill Summary for S 382 (2023-2024)

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Jun 14 2023

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View NCGA Bill Details2023-2024 Session
Senate Bill 382 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Intro. by Perry, Corbin, Johnson.

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Bill summary

House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

Further amends GS 90-29(c)(4) (pertaining to exemption to bar on unlicensed dentistry for dental services performed in dental schools or colleges) to allow the practice of dentistry by students at long-term care facilities, group care home programs, State-operated facilities with resident populations, hospitals, State or county health departments, Area Health Education Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other nonprofit healthcare organizations recommended by the State Health Director or the Director's designee (was, students at State or county institutions with resident populations, hospitals, State or county health departments, area health education centers, nonprofit health care facilities serving low-income populations and approved by the State Health Director or the Director's designee and approved by the Board of Dental Examiners (Board), and State- or county-owned nursing homes), subject to the already specified review process, under the required supervision, and performed without payment except for expenses and subsistence.

Amends GS 90-41 by providing that failure to comply with any order issued when an individual is unable to practice dentistry due to illness; drunkenness; excessive alcohol, drug, chemical, or other use or due to any physical or mental abnormality is considered unprofessional conduct (was, unprofessional conduct under subdivision (a)(26) of the statute, which allows disciplinary action to be taken when an individual hasĀ engaged in any unprofessional conduct as defined by the rules and regulations of the Board).

Amends GS 90-229 by expanding upon the instances in which the Board may refuse to issue a license to practice or a certificate of renewal to practice dental hygiene, revoke or suspend a license to practice dental hygiene, or invoke other disciplinary measures, censure, or probative terms, to include when the applicant or licensee is unable to practice dental hygiene with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness; drunkenness; excessive use of alcohol, drugs, chemicals, or any other type of material or by reason of any physical or mental abnormality. Allows the Board to require an applicant or licensee to submit to a mental or physical examination or mental examinations during the pendency of a license application and before or after charges may be presented against the applicant or licensee, and allows the results of the exam to be admissible in evidence in a hearing before the Board. Considers failure to comply with an order under this provision as unprofessional conduct.

Amends GS 90-414 by removing dentists from the individuals who must begin submitting demographic and clinical data through the HIE Network by January 1, 2023, and instead makes their participation in the HIE Network voluntary.