STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
RS27462 / S1295
This legislation would amend the Dental Practice Act in two sections of Idaho Code: § 54-901 and § 54-924,
to accommodate the advancement of teledentistry in a manner that is transparent to patients, enhances patient
protection, and preserves the community standard of care. Language is added to the practice of dentistry, that
a dentist practicing telehealth in accordance with Title 54, Chapter 57, will uphold the community standard
of care for services delivered via telehealth technologies. The bill requires dentists to provide patients with
licensure and contact information. It also requires communication with patients regarding the possible need for
in-person care. The bill ensures dentists authorizing or performing dental procedures to correct the malposition
of human teeth do so in accordance with the community standard of care. Lastly, the bill ensures a dentist
cannot represent, contract with, or be employed by an entity that would limit a patient's right to file a complaint
with the State Board of Dentistry.
The Dental Practice Act is enforced by the Idaho State Board of Dentistry, which is self-funded; therefore, there
is no fiscal impact to the state general fund or local government funds.
Senator Mary Souza
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 02/06/2020, 9:57 AMStatutes affected:
Bill Text: 54-901, 54-924