Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hobbs bill to hold dentists accountable signed into law

A bill by Rep. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 15), which provides more accountability for dental patients, was signed into law today.

House Bill 2554 is designed to allow the State Board of Dental Examiners to facilitate to patients’
needs by examining the dental licensees in the state more thoroughly. The board would investigate complaints made by the public and dental professionals, and consequences would b
e considered, should disciplinary action be necessary.

“This bill will be effective in allowing transparency in our dental system to assure better public safety for Arizona citizens,” Hobbs said.

The current board consists of six licensed dentists, two licensed dental hygienists, two public members and a business entity member all appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms. The board’s mission, for as long as it has been in existence, has been to “provide professional, courteous service and information to the dental profession and the general public,” as stated in the law. The board oversees approximately 8,100 licensees practicing in the state.

Hobbs’ bill updates the investigating process of the board to make it more efficient.

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