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 firstname.lastname@example.org.