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Providers only need to send that information when it is the insurance company itself requesting it.
No, only oral surgeons with a cosmetic license can do these procedures.
Yes, credit hours in excess of the 15 required may be credited to the next year for a total of not more than 15 hours.
Yes, the VDA offers many CE opportunites. All CE courses are listed on our events calendar. See links below.
Requests for copies of records should be submitted to the dentist in writing, dated and signed. The request should describe the records wanted. The request can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the dentist/office. The dentist is required to respond within 15 days to do one of the following:
1. Provide copies of the records.
2. Inform the requester if the information does not exist or cannot be found.
3. Inform the requester of the provider who now maintains the records.
4. Deny the records for specific reasons set out in Section F of the statutes.
The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) is the certifying body for dental assistants. The following materials are available online to assist you in understanding the paths to certification and to assist you in preparing for certification:
· How to earn your Dental Assistant Certification
· DANB CDA exam reference materials
· DANB CDA Exam Blueprint
By (1) Satisfactorily completing a course or examination recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA); (2) becoming certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; or (3) satisfactorily completing a radiation course and passing an examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
· For a list of CODA accredited programs in Virginia go to the American Dental Association website www.ada.org/5500.aspx then contact the programs to see if they offer a course for radiation certification.
· For a list of Radiography Programs in Virginia go to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists website www.arrt.org/Educaiton/Educational-Programs then contact the programs for more information.
· For information about the DANB course and examination go to:
o DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Review at www.dalefoundation.org/Courses-And-Study-Aids/Product-Catalog-Search/DANB-RHS-Review
o DANB’s 2012 Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam Blueprint at www.danb.org/PDFs/2012RHSBlueprint.pdf
o DANB Radiation Health Safety (RHS) component exam application at www.danb.org/PDFs/RHSApplication.pdf
The Board of Dentistry requires that a dentist maintain patient records for not less than SIX years from the most recent date of service for purposes of review by the Board.
However, the ADA advises that records should be kept for seven years.
There is no restriction on the number of credit hours that may be obtained on line.
A dentist or dental hygienist is required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of approved continuing education for each annual license renewal.
The CDC recommends that spore testing be done at least weekly using BIs. (Be sure that your BI has a current shelf date or you
could get inaccurate results.)
The ADA provides a Contract Analysis Service to ADA members free of charge through their state dental society. This service offers analysis of third-party contracts and informs members in clear language about the provisions of the contracts so they can make informed decisions about the implications of participation. If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact Laura Givens at the VDA by calling 804-523-2185 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that the ADA Contract Analysis Service is not intended, nor should it be regarded, as legal advice. You are strongly urged to consult with your personal attorney before signing any contract.
There are some ethical concerns that should be considered in regards to these types of promotions. Please review the current ADA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (http://www.ada.org/194.aspx) for more information.
You can call the ADA’s Ethics Hotline (800-621-8099, ask for the ethics hotline) to discuss your concern. For more information on this member resource, please visit: http://www.ada.org/8180.aspx.
Yes, the VDA still supports the Direct Reimbursement concept and Benefits Administration, Inc. is still available to provide pricing quotes and administrative services for the plans. Interested parties should contact Mr. C.P. Coyner with Benefits Administration, Inc. at 804-379-2218.
Yes, through the Virginia Department of Health there is a loan repayment program. Complete program details can be found here: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OMHHE/primarycare/incentives/loanrepayment/dental_lrp.htm.
A complete list of requirements is available in the Instructions for Dental Assistant II Applicants which is located on our Forms and Applications page. To review the laws and regulations governing registration, refer to §54.1-2729.01 of the Code of Virginia and to Part III. Entry Requirements beginning at 18VAC60-20-60 of the Regulations Governing Dental Practice which are located on our website under Laws and Regulations.
If an individual requests a copy of his health record from a health care entity, the health care entity may impose a reasonable cost-based fee, which shall include only the cost of supplies for and labor of copying the requested information, postage when the individual requests that such information be mailed, and preparation of an explanation or summary of such information as agreed to by the individual. For the purposes of this section, "individual" includes a person with authority to act on behalf of the individual who is the subject of the health record in making decisions related to his health care.
The VDA offers assistance with these complaints. Please contact the VDA at 804-523-2185 to receive a Complaint Resolution Form. These are reviewed by the VDA Dental Benefits committee. You can file a complaint with the Virginia Bureau of Insurance. For information on the claim process, you can contact the following email address at email@example.com or call their Ombudsmen and Consumer Service Hotline at 1-877-310-6560.
Dental licenses are renewed with the Virginia Board of Dentistry and must be renewed by March 31st. This can be done on the VA Board of Dentistry website or by 1st class mail.
The Virginia Board of Dentistry
o Website: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/
o Phone Number: (804) 367-4538
*We suggest that all dentists review the Virginia Board of Dentistry Regulations Governing Dental Practice and have on hand in your dental office for reference. Visiting their website on a regular basis will keep you and your staff abreast on current regulations. You will find answers to questions involving requirements for health records, licensure, direction and delegation of duties, anesthesia, advertising, education, oral & maxillofacial surgery, mobile dental clinics and other items. All of these are relating to dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistant IIs and dental assistants.
The ADA offers an OSHA Compliance Kit, as well as other related kits that can be ordered online at http://catalog.ada.org/ProductCatalog/productcategory.aspx?ID=11 or by calling 1-800-947-4746.
The Virginia Department of Labor & Industry website lists these requirements: http://www.doli.virginia.gov/publications/required_posters.html. You may also call them with questions at 804-371-2327.
Contact Dianne L. Reynolds-Cane at the VA Board of Professionals – 804-367-4400.
The ADA published Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste, which can be obtained as a pdf document online by clicking here. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality should be able to answer questions relating to amalgam disposal. They can be reached at 804-698-4000. Note that Virginia does not currently mandate amalgam separators.
The dentist (provider) owns the records.