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New Infection Control Training Update


On Oct. 23, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) adopted new dental infection control rules. As a part of the new rules, dental practitioners will be required to complete one hour of current infection prevention standards education annually by a qualified individual or organization.

DQAC’s Infection Control Committee still needs to address a few items, such as the date by which the training will be due and the means by which the training can be administered, and will be meeting in the near future to make a determination and provide clarification.

WSDA recommends that members wait until the Committee provides clarification before taking infection control training to satisfy the new requirement to avoid the possibility of the training not qualifying.

Future Member Benefit – Infection Control Training

After receiving clarification from the Committee, WSDA will develop an infection control training that meets the new requirements and will offer it as a member benefit to all WSDA members and their staff. Please continue to watch for updates from WSDA in the coming weeks regarding dental infection control requirements.


New Restrictions Don't Limit Dental Care



WSDA has received direct confirmation from the Governor’s Office that the restrictions announced do NOT place any new limits on dental care or health care delivery more broadly.

Over the last several weeks, WSDA leadership has been actively involved in discussions with the Governor’s Office, Department of Health, and other health care organizations related to updates to Proclamation 20-24.1 Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures. Discussions related to updating this proclamation are ongoing and it’s unknown when an updated proclamation will take effect.


Based upon conversations to date, delivery of preventive care and care that, if delayed, would result in patient harm will continue to be permitted and strongly encouraged in the updated proclamation. WSDA, and many other health care organizations, will continue to advocate for the continuation of health care delivery consistent with what is currently allowed under Proclamation 20.24.
COVID-19 Updates

Read about Extended Health Profession License Expiration Date
Read about COVID-19 Update from WSDA Leadership
Read about COVID-19 from the American Dental Association
Forthcoming Guidance to Postpone Elective Dental Care
Read about COVID-19 Update from WSDA Leadership
Read about COVID-19 from the American Dental Association
Read about PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR AMENDING PROCLAMATION 20-05
Read about Delta Dental of Washington Announces Member Financial Support Due to COVID-19
Read about COVID-19 Delta Dental Updates 4/17/2020
Read about COVID-19 Update from FDA
Read about COVID Webinars, Teledentistry & Emergency Care Guidance, Delta Financial Support
Read about DOSH Respirator Requirement Update and Fit Test Resources

The Governor’s new proclamation issued May 18, 2020 and the Governor’s medium website provides information for Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures.

The ADA, OSHA, and CDC, have published guidelines for healthcare providers. Here are some additional links.
CDC - Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment
CDC - Clinical Care Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC - Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
DOH – Resources for Healthcare providers



Provider Relief Fund Now Open for Phase 3


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has started Phase 3 of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Applications are open through Nov. 6, 2020.
https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html?language=es#how-to-apply

Phase 3 will impact:
Newly Eligible: Dentists who began practicing Jan. 1 – March 30, 2020.Add-on Payment: All dentists who previously received, rejected or accepted payment from the PRF can submit more information to become eligible for an additional payment.Corrections: All dentists who previously received, rejected or accepted a PRF payment and did not receive approximately 2% of annual revenues from patient care will now receive this amount, plus their Phase 3 allocation.
https://success.ada.org/~/media/CPS/Files/COVID/HHS_Provider_Relief_Fund_FAQ.pdf

INDC Update

Hello,

After careful consideration and the health and safety of our attendees in mind, Spokane District Dental Society has decided to not reschedule the Inland Northwest Dental Conference this year. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. We will let you know when we have finalized dates for the conference in 2021. Your refund will be sent via original form of payment and you can expect that within the next 30 days. If you have any further questions please email info@spokanedentalsociety.org.

Thank you,
Spokane District Dental Society
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Canceled.
Northern Quest Resort
The Inland Northwest Dental Conference is sponsored by the Spokane District Dental Society and offers continuing dental education with nationally-renowned speakers and a dental trade show.

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23403 E Mission Ave, Suite 104
Liberty Lake, WA, 99019
Phone: 509-838-0436
Email: info@spokanedentalsociety.org
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