The Ohio Dental Association will be releasing an updated version of its regulatory compliance guide to help ODA members ensure they are in compliance with numerous Ohio regulations.

The guide – “Ohio Dentist Advisor: Your Guide to Regulatory Compliance” – was created by the Ohio Dental Association as a benefit to ODA members. The Ohio State Dental Board, Ohio Department of Health, DEA, Ohio Board of Pharmacy, Ohio Attorney General’s office, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and other government entities all have some level of regulatory authority over a dental office and can impact an office’s ability to operate.

The guide includes summaries, checklists and fillable forms to help offices ensure they are compliant with regulations. The guide can be downloaded in its entirety, or browsed by individual document.

The guide includes information on:

  • Delegable duties and supervision.
  • Dental license requirements and CE.
  • Employment posters.
  • Environmental regulations/EPA.
  • Infection control and hazard communication.
  • Mandatory reporting.
  • Opioids, controlled substances and prescribing.
  • Patient accommodations.
  • Patient privacy and record protocols.
  • Volunteer immunity.
  • X-ray rules.

It also includes fillable forms to help offices create an X-Ray Quality Assurance Program, an OSHA Exposure Control plan and an OSHA Hazard Communication Plan, among other forms.

The updated regulatory compliance guide will include new information on:

  • The DEA’s requirement for DEA-registered practitioners to complete 8 hours of training on treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
  • E-prescribing requirements in Ohio for schedule II-controlled substances.
  • Silver Diamine Fluoride and delegable duties for dental team members.

The guide will also include an updated X-Ray Quality Assurance Program that incorporates new regulations. This section has been one of the most utilized parts of the regulatory compliance guide according to feedback from members.

The updated guide will be coming soon, and ODA members will be able to download it for free at www.oda.org.