Legislative News

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB into law today expanding remote supervision for dental hygienists.

    Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and Virginia Dental Association (VDA) worked together for several months to expand remote supervision of Registered Dental Hygienists to new settings (health clinics, schools, nursing homes, etc.) to serve more patients.

    A three-year pilot study of remote supervision of dental hygienists employed by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) began in 2009 and proved to be a highly successful model in prevention and improving access to care. SB 712 expands the Remote Supervision Public Health Model for the dental hygienist employed outside of VDH. Expanding the model allows more patients access to care by the oral health team, including opportunity for important referrals to the supervising dentist.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015 9:58 AM | Deleted user

    As you know, the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and the Virginia Dental Association (VDA), worked together during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session to pass consensus legislation expanding the settings where dental hygienists may practice under remote supervision. This bill was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe and technically goes into effect on July 1.

    However, the bill is currently working its way through the Board of Dentistry regulatory process. It will not practically be in effect until the fall after the Board of Dentistry has promulgated appropriate regulations. The VDHA is actively engaged in the regulatory process on behalf of dental hygienists and will keep you posted on these new regulations. Should you have questions please contact VDHA President Susan Reid-Carr, RDH, at president@vdha.net.

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization located at 638 Independence Parkway, #100, Chesapeake, VA 23320. 757-609-3661. Contact VDHA

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