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Emergency Rule Allows Licensees to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

The Kentucky Board of Dentistry has filed an emergency regulation to temporarily bring COVID-19 vaccination into its scope of practice. The new rule, 201 KAR 8:505E, allows qualifying dentists and dental hygienists to administer any COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services guidelines. Those eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations under this regulation must have: 

  1. an active Kentucky dental license; OR
  2. an active Kentucky dental hygiene license and registration to practice local anesthesia.

Prior to administering COVID-19 vaccinations, licensees must complete an immunization training program approved by the board and submit an authorization form. Once approved, the authorization to administer COVID-19 vaccines will be in place until the emergency regulation expires on October 24, 2021. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Page below:

 Administering COVID-19 Vaccines Page 


 

Phishing Scam Alert

Scammers are continuing to target professional licensees in Kentucky, including dentists and dental hygienists. The caller generally pretends to be a Board investigator claiming that the target’s license has been suspended or revoked. The Board’s name and number may even appear on the Caller ID. Do not give callers your personal data or send money. Payments to the Board can only be made by logging in to our website or by mailing payment directly to our office, never by providing financial information over the phone. If contacting our office to confirm any calls you received, use only the contact information listed on our website. You can also verify your license status on our licensee search page.

If you or a family member receives one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General via the following complaint form.

AG Scam Report Form

 

Mandatory e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances in Effect

KRS 218A.182, which mandates the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) in Kentucky, took effect January 1, 2021. A practitioner who is unable to comply with the EPCS mandate may petition for a temporary waiver based on economic hardship, technological limitations, and other exceptional circumstances. If you have an Electronic Health Record system that is not currently EPCS certified, please contact your vendor as soon as possible to determine how to implement EPCS. Question about the new law should be directed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch.

 Kentucky ECPS Mandate Details


 

Do You Have a KOG Account?

Prescribers in Kentucky must be able to access KASPER via the secure Kentucky Online Gateway (KOG) portal to be compliant with current regulations. Prescribing dentists are encouraged to register for a KOG account as soon as possible. If you have questions, contact the KOG Help Desk at 502-564-0104 or KOGhelpdesk@ky.gov.

KOG Registration Page

Board Temporarily Amends General Supervision Rule

Under the authority of Executive Orders 2020-243 and 2020-257, the Board issued a memorandum temporarily modifying a rule related to general supervision. Specifically, the requirement in 201 KAR 8:562, Section 12(5) that an oral examination by a supervising dentist must have been performed within seven months prior to treatment by a dental hygienist practicing under general supervision is hereby amended. An examination by a dentist shall now have been completed within nine months preceding treatment by the dental hygienist. This revision will be in effect for the duration of the declared state of emergency related to COVID-19.

Guidelines for Dental Care Under COVD-19

Kentucky law already requires that oral health professionals follow the CDC's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. This has not changed. However, the Department for Public Health issued an April 27, 2020 memo requiring additional protocols for healthcare services under COVID-19. In response, the Board of Dentistry, along with the Kentucky Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Hygienists' Association, State Dental Director's Office, Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, and the UK and UofL dental schools came together to develop dentistry-specific guidelines, resulting in Phase I: Dentistry's Plan. The Governor's Office subsequently approved this document, thereby making its provisions mandatory. Additional documents, including the Summary GuidelinesPPE Usage Matrix, and FAQ's for Phase I, are supplemental resources to the Phase I guidelines and should be considered similarly enforceable. 

Even with this information, however, we recognize that we will not cover every situation a provider may face. In the absence of clear direction in these documents, the Board recommends following the CDC's Guidelines for Dental Settings Under COVID-19. Finally, licensees should continue to use their best clinical judgement to properly protect their staff, their patients, and themselves.

 Phase I: Dentistry's Plan

 DPH Elective Care Memo 04/27/20 ;


 

KBD Memos on COVID-19 Related Waivers and Extensions 

Under the authority of Executive Orders 2020-243 and 2020-257, the Board issued an April 17, 2020 memorandum announcing temporary changes to the rules governing the practice of dentistry, with a revised memo issued on July 20. Among the provisions are a 90 day extension of all Continuing Education deadlines.

KBD Memorandum 04/17/2020

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The Kentucky Board of Dentistry is a state agency governed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Board's mission is to protect the public by licensing qualified dental professionals and regulating the practice of dentistry through administration of the Dental Practice Act. The Board is self-supporting and receives no outside government appropriations. It is funded through fees assessed for licensing dental professionals. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional dental association or nonprofit. 


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