1. California’s Harshest Critic of Teleorthodontics Evan Low Involved in Fracas Regarding Legislative Transparency

    Four years ago, despite fierce opposition from Democratic politicians, California voters passed Proposition 54, a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to be more transparent. Now, California Assembly Members including Evan Low have put forward Assembly Constitutional Amendment 25 which uses the COVID-19 state of emergency to undercut legislative transparency.

  2. Teledentistry Advances in Ohio: Sub. H.B. No. 679

    After long negotiations with the Ohio Dental Association, HB 679 was amended and passed the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill had originally excluded dentistry and required an in-person visit before using telehealth. The Ohio Senate convenes in September 2020 and will take up this bill.

  3. Bloomberg Law Article: Telemedicine Rules Should Be Permanently Eased

    In an experience-based essay, Hon. Rick Boucher discusses how Medicare and state telemedicine restrictions have been eased during the coronavirus pandemic, and why these changes need to be made permanent. The most striking change during COVID-19 that organized dentistry must accept is that the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare services has announced that it will not enforce any requirement that the physician using telemedicine have a previous relationship with the patient. Accordingly,…

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