REMINDER: Mandatory Opioid Course Deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31!

The deadline to take the mandatory opioid course to maintain your dental license is this Thursday, Jan. 31! Go to floridadental.org/opioidcourse to register and take this course.

Per HB 21, each person registered with the DEA and authorized to prescribe controlled substances shall complete a board-approved two-hour continuing education course on prescribing controlled substances by Jan. 31, 2019.

You MUST indicate whether you are registered with the DEA to prescribe controlled substances through the Florida Department of Health. This is the only way the BOD will know if you are required to take the mandatory opioid course. *The BOD automatically assumes you are registered with the DEA and must take the mandatory course if you do not indicate otherwise.*

For more information on HB 21 and its requirements, go to floridadental.org/opioidlaw.

REMINDER: Indicate Your Status with the U.S. DEA with the Florida Department of Health

All Florida-licensed dentists must indicate whether you are registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe controlled substances through the Florida Department of Health. This is the only way the Florida Board of Dentistry (BOD) will know if you are required to take the mandatory opioid course. The BOD automatically assumes you are registered with the U.S. DEA and must take the mandatory opioid course if you do not indicate otherwise. Click here for instructions on how to indicate if you are/are not registered with the U.S. DEA.

For more information on HB 21 and its requirements, go to floridadental.org/opioidlaw.

Dentists Back Grant’s Loan-repayment Bill

By Alexandra Glorioso, POLITICO Florida

A trade group representing dentists is backing a bill from state Rep. Michael Grant (R-Port Charlotte) that would revive a defunct loan-repayment program for dentists who see low-income patients.

Florida has had difficulty providing dental care to Medicaid and other low-income patients, a problem that’s particularly acute in rural areas.

The Florida Dental Association believes the problem is rooted in geography. The measure filed today, FL HB465 (19R), would encourage recent dental graduates to work in less-populated areas, such as Immokalee outside Naples, in exchange for having loans repaid by the state.

“The reality is that there are Floridians with unmet dental needs and nowhere to go, and that is an urgent issue we are working to address,” Dr. Jolene Paramore, president of the dental association, told POLITICO in a statement.

Paramore said the program could get off the ground in six months since it’s been implemented in Florida before. The bill would repay loans for 10 dentists each year at a recurring cost of $500,000 a year.

“If the proposed dental student loan repayment program is implemented for five years, more than one million patients will be treated by participating dentists during that time,” Paramore said.

In addition, the bill would establish a volunteer program that would contract with the Dental Lifeline Network to provide dental care to low-income patients for free.

This article was published on POLITICO Pro on Jan. 23, 2019 and can be found here.

REMINDER: Register With E-FORCSE!

As of  July 1, 2018, if you write a prescription for a Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substance for a patient 16 years old or older, you (or your designee) must first check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Database known as E-FORCSE, (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Program), which is administered through the Department of Health. Click here to register for E-FORCSE. If you need any technical assistance with E-FORCSE, please contact E-FORCSE directly at at 850.245.4794 or e-forcse@flhealth.gov.

For more information on HB 21 and its requirements, go to floridadental.org/opioidlaw.