WSR 08-16-127

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed August 6, 2008, 8:03 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-13-073.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-817-155 Dental resident license to full dental license -- Conditions, the proposed rule is adding a new section establishing requirements dental residents to obtain full dental license. The proposed rule establishes criteria for the full licensure of dental residents in accordance with SHB 1689 passed in the 2005 legislative session and amended RCW 18.32.040 and 18.32.195.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Point Plaza East, Room 152/153, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on September 11, 2008, at 5:40 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 11, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Jennifer Bressi, Program Manager, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47867, Tumwater, WA 98501-7867, web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 664-9077, by September 1, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennifer Bressi by September 1, 2008, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule establishes licensure qualifications, in lieu of a practical exam, for dental residents who successfully complete a dental residency training program, as approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, located in a community health clinic that serves predominantly low-income patients or in a dental health care shortage area in Washington. The dental residency program is an alternative to passing a practical examination to qualify for licensure.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rule is needed to implement SHB 1689 which amended RCW 18.32.040 and 18.32.195. The proposed rule creates an alternative to existing licensing requirements by establishing licensing standards for obtaining a full dental license when dental students successfully complete a postdoctoral residency program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which reduces licensing barriers.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.32.0365 and 18.32.040.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.32.040.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of health, dental quality assurance commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Bressi, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4893.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement was not prepared. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in an industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Jennifer Bressi, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47867, Tumwater, WA 98501-7867, phone (360) 236-4893, fax (360) 664-9077, e-mail jennifer.bressi@doh.wa.gov. The agency did not complete a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(v) exempts rules the content of which is explicitly and specifically dictated by statute.

August 4, 2008

Jennifer Bressi

Health Services

Consultant 3

OTS-1199.2


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-817-155   Dental resident license to full dental license -- Conditions.   To be eligible for full Washington state dental licensure, a postdoctoral dental resident must:

(1) Meet the initial application and eligibility requirements in WAC 246-817-110;

(2) Provide a completed application on forms provided by the secretary;

(3) Provide evidence of successful completion of a full-time postdoctoral dental residency program. The residency program must:

(a) Be one to three years in duration;

(b) Be located in Washington state;

(c) Be located in a community health clinic that serves predominantly low-income patients or located in a dental care health professional shortage area in this state;

(d) Include an outcome assessment evaluation, other than the Western Regional Examining Board's (WREB) clinical examination, assessing the resident's competence to practice dentistry;

(e) Provide a certificate of completion, signed and submitted directly to the department of health by the director of the dental residency program;

(f) Use standards of the ADA/CODA, for community clinics to use when sponsoring students in a residency program under RCW 18.32.040 (3)(c), including the ADA/CODA guidelines for proper supervision of residents and measurement of the resident's competency to practice dentistry;

(g) Be accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA/CODA) in the following programs:

(i) For advanced education programs general dentistry (AEGD); or

(ii) For advanced education programs general practice residency (GPR); or

(iii) For advanced specialty education programs.

(4) Provide evidence of successful completion of the jurisprudence examination;

(5) Pay applicable fees as defined in WAC 246-817-990;

(6) Provide any other information determined by the DQAC.

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