The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for midlevel dental healthcare providers to work in underserved areas with underserved populations. In 2004, Arizona passed legislation allowing qualified dental hygienists to enter into an affiliated practice relationship with a dentist to provide oral healthcare services for underserved populations without general or direct supervision in public health settings. The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Dental Hygiene Department has developed a teledentistry-assisted affiliated practice dental hygiene model that places a dental hygienist in the role of the midlevel practitioner as part of a digitally-linked oral healthcare team. Utilizing current technologies, affiliated practice dental hygienists can digitally acquire and transmit diagnostic data to a distant dentist for triage, diagnosis, and patient referral in addition to providing preventive services permitted within the dental hygiene scope of practice.
- Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act
- Training Materials
- Training Methodologies
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