Pennsylvania Board of Dentistry Proposes Changes to PHDHP Practice Sites

The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry recently submitted a final-form regulation on public health dental hygiene practitioner (PHDHP) practice sites to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). The regulation expands access to care and oral health education provided by PHDHPs by adding additional facilities regulated by the Department of Human Services, and by adding as an acceptable practice site an office, including a satellite office, or clinic of a physician who is licensed by the State Board of Medicine or the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine that is located in a dental health professional shortage area, as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The final regulation will be considered by IRRC at its public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.