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SB-392 Dentistry: report: access to care: pediatric dental patients: continuing education.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/17/2017 02:47 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 17, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  April 04, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 392


Introduced by Senator Bates

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 1601.7 to Section 1645.2 to, and to add and repeal Section 1601.7 of, the Business and Professions Code, relating to dentistry.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 392, as amended, Bates. Dentistry: report: access to care: pediatric dental patients. patients: continuing education.

The

(1) The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensure and regulation of dentists by the Dental Board of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs. The act, among other things, prescribes requirements for a dentist who administers or orders the administration of general anesthesia on an outpatient basis for dental patients, including a requirement that the dentist holds a valid anesthesia permit issued by the board.
This bill, on or before January 1, 2019, would require the board to provide to the Legislature a report and analysis, as specified, of the effects on access to care for pediatric dental patients specifically as it relates to requiring the addition of a 2nd general anesthesia permitholder to be present during the administration of general anesthesia on a patient 7 years of age or younger, if the provider is currently a general anesthesia permitholder.
(2) Existing law also authorizes the board to require licensees to complete continuing education hours as a condition of license renewal.
This bill would require the board to develop, by January 1, 2019, a course in pediatric life support and airway management, as specified. The bill would provide the board with discretion over the solicitation and subsequent acceptance of proposals from continuing education vendors to provide the course.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1601.7 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

1601.7.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2019, the board shall provide to the Legislature a report and analysis of the effects on access to care for pediatric dental patients specifically as it relates to requiring the addition of a second general anesthesia permitholder to be present during the administration of general anesthesia on a patient seven years of age or younger, if the provider is currently a general anesthesia permitholder. The analysis should include costs of sedation and anesthesia, resource constraints of the healthcare system, including Denti-Cal compared to private insurance, and feasibility issues that include, but are not limited to, time, skills, staff availability, and equipment availability for the provider to carry out necessary dental procedures. The board shall make the report publicly available on the board’s Internet Web site.
(b) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2023.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1645.2 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

1645.2.
 By January 1, 2019, the board shall develop a course in pediatric life support and airway management equivalent to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines or guidelines determined by the board in order to protect the public health and safety consistent with Section 1601.2. The board shall have discretion, consistent with the guidelines, over the solicitation and subsequent acceptance of proposals from continuing education vendors to provide the course.