The IDHA board has been working behind the scenes heavily this year attending Idaho State Board of Dentistry meetings and legislative sessions to make sure your voice was heard! Our practice act changed for the better this year and YOU may not even be aware of it! The extended access definition was the biggest thing to see progress this year! See below the new verbiage!
There was also an update to include a section of Teledentistry to the Administrative Rules section. See below:
066. TELEHEALTH SERVICES (RULE 66).
Definitions applicable to these rules are those definitions set forth in the Idaho Telehealth Access Act and in Section 54-5703, Idaho Code. (3-28-18)
01. Licensure and Location. Any dentist or dental hygienist who provides any telehealth services to patients located in Idaho must hold an active Idaho license issued by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry for their applicable practice. Dentists who provide any telehealth services must physically practice within seventy-five (75) miles of the patient’s location. (3-28-18)
02. Additional Requirements. In addition to the requirements set forth in Section 54-5705, Idaho Code, during the first contact with the patient, a provider licensed by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry who is providing telehealth services shall: (3-28-18)
- Verify the location and identity of the patient; (3-28-18)
- Disclose to the patient the provider’s identity, their current location and telephone number and
Idaho license number; and (3-28-18)
c. Obtain appropriate consents from the patient after disclosures regarding the delivery models and treatment methods or limitations, including a special informed consent regarding the use of telehealth technologies.
03. Standard of Care. A provider providing telehealth services to patients located in Idaho must comply with the applicable Idaho community standard of care. The provider shall be personally responsible to familiarize themselves with the applicable Idaho community standard of care. If a patient’s presenting symptoms and conditions require a physical examination in order to make a diagnosis, the provider shall not provide diagnosis or treatment through telehealth services unless or until such information is obtained. (3-28-18)
04. Informed Consent. In addition to the requirements of Section 54-5708, Idaho Code, evidence documenting appropriate patient informed consent for the use of telehealth technologies must be obtained and maintained at regular intervals consistent with the community standard of care. Appropriate informed consent should, at a minimum, include the following terms: (3-28-18)
- Verification. Identification of the patient, the provider and the provider’s credentials; (3-28-18)
- Telehealth Determination. Agreement of the patient that the provider will determine whether or not
the condition being diagnosed and/or treated is appropriate for telehealth services; (3-28-18)
c. Security Measures Information. Information on the security measures taken with the use of telehealth technologies, such as encrypting data, password protected screen savers and data files, or utilizing other reliable authentication techniques, as well as potential risks to privacy and notwithstanding such measures; (3-28-18)
d. 067. — 999.
Potential Information Loss. Disclosure that information may be lost due to technical failures. (3-28-18)
What does this mean? Attend Annual Session this year to hear straight from the Idaho State Board of Dentistry about how this affects us!