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Dental Pilot Projects

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.


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Project Updates

  • Dental Pilot Project #200, "Training Dental Hygienists to Place Interim Therapeutic Restorations" has been approved.
  • Dental Pilot Project #100, "Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project" has been approved.

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TRB Final Recommendations (pdf) 

Comment on Proposed Rulemaking

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Oral Health Program is proposing to permanently amend administrative rules in chapter 333, division 10 "Dental Pilot Projects" to clarify the rules so that applicants and approved projects can better understand the applicable requirements and possible consequences for failing to adhere to requirements.
 
A Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) was convened to help draft the amended rule language. The amended rules clarify what is required for Dental Pilot Project applications; defines the following terms: adverse events, applicable standard of care, employment/utilization sites and underserved populations. Rule language quantifies the minimum percentage that a dental pilot project must focus on at each site or by each trainee to align with the intent of Senate Bill 738 (2011) that established the Dental Pilot Project Program.
 
RAC Meeting - September 30, 2019
RAC Meeting - October 28, 2019

The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed amended language before 5:00 pm on December 23, 2019. If you wish to present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held on December 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM:

OHA, Public Health Division
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, Oregon 97232
Conference Room 900 – Ninth Floor
 

For more information on how to submit written comments and review the full text of the proposed amended rules, please see the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking:


Proposed Dental Pilot Project Application

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Oral Health Program has issued a notice of intent to provisionally approve the dental pilot project application titled, “Dental Hygiene Restorative Function Endorsement Model”, submitted by Willamette Dental. A Technical Review Board (TRB) was convened to help review and provide recommendations to OHA on whether OHA should approve or deny the application.

As outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 333-010-0730, OHA asked for public comment on the proposed application until 5:00 PM on November 4, 2019. OHA is now reviewing the public comments received to assist the Dental Pilot Project Program in the approval process.

For more information, please review the Notice of Intent to Provisionally Approve, proposed pilot project application and background information from the Technical Review Board (TRB):


Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 333-010 (Revised effective December 1, 2018)

Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to approve and monitor dental pilot projects that are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce and efficacy by:

  • Teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel;
  • Developing new categories of dental personnel;
  • Accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or
  • Teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 716, Oregon Laws 2011 (temporary provisions relating to dental pilot projects are compiled as notes following ORS 680.210) authorizes the OHA Public Health Division, Oral Health Program to adopt administrative rules to establish the requirements of dental pilot project applications; the process for reviewing applications; approval or denial of applications; minimum standards for approved projects; evaluation and monitoring of pilot projects; suspension or termination of an approved pilot project; and discontinuation or closure of a project.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 333 Division 10 contains the final rule text language for dental pilot projects. The OARs were last amended on December 1, 2018 to clarify the rules so that applicants and approved projects can better understand the applicable requirements and possible consequences for failing to adhere to requirement.

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