Dental Quality Assurance Commission - November 2020 Newsletter

Dental Quality Assurance Commission − November 2020 Newsletter

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019) Resources for Dentists

Access resources related to responding to COVID-19 and complying with the governor’s proclamations and necessary infection control during this pandemic.

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Have you received your flu shot?

The Department of Health recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older.

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Infection Control

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission is amending existing rules and establishing new rule sections for dental infection control based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control. Read more about the rule modifications here.

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Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Requirements

Read about options for meeting continuing education requirements for dental hygienists here.


Electronic Prescribing

The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission is considering rules to provide criteria to obtain a waiver if a provider is unable to comply with the new electronic prescribing rules. Read about it here.

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Prescription Monitoring Program Integration

The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is considering rules to provide criteria to obtain a waiver if a provider is unable to integrate with PMP. Read about it here.

Opioid Prescribing

Read about requirements for patient notification at first opioid prescription or transition between phase of treatment

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Legal actions

Legal Actions
July - October 2020

Read about the final actions taken this quarter by the commission, Secretary of Health, or Board of Denturists here.

Continuing Education Quiz

Earn continuing education credit by taking our newsletter quiz! See this edition's quiz as well as the answers from the previous edition here.

Purpose Statement

Purpose Statement

It is the purpose of the commission established in RCW 18.32.0351 to regulate the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing qualifications for licensure, continuing education, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline.

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COVID-19 Resources

Flu Vaccination Recommendations

Infection Control

Dental Hygiene CE

Electronic Prescribing

Prescription Monitoring Program Integration

Opioid Prescribing

Legal Actions

Continuing Education Quiz

Dental Rules and Laws

RCW 18.32

WAC 246-817

RCW 18.260

RCW 18.350

RCW 18.130

WAC 246-12

WAC 246-16

RCW 70.02

Commission Members

Aaron Stevens, D.M.D., Chairperson
David Carsten, D.D.S., Vice-Chairperson
Julia Richman, D.D.S.
John. R. Liu, D.D.S.
Bree Kramer, EFDA  
Kunal Walia, D.D.S.
Lyle McClellan, D.D.S.
Ronald Marsh, D.D.S.
Kathleen Elling, EFDA
Brian Macall, D.D.S.
Sonia Pal, D.M.D.
Karla Briggs, Public Member
Tiffany Bass, D.D.S.
Abhishake Banda, D.M.D., M.D.
Karen Clements, D.D.S.
Marlynne Fulton, Public Member


Commission Staff and Contact Information

Trina Crawford
Executive Director

Jennifer Santiago
Program Manager

Becky McElhiney
Assistant Program Manager

Erin Obenland
Case Manager

Department of Health
PO Box 47852
Olympia, WA

Customer Service

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Contact the Commission

DOH 646-175
November 2020