HB 346: "An Act relating to the licensure of dentists."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 346 01 "An Act relating to the licensure of dentists." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 08.36.100 is amended to read: 04 Sec. 08.36.100. License required. Except as provided in AS 08.36.238 and 05 08.36.254, a person may not practice, or attempt to practice, dentistry without a 06 license. 07 * Sec. 2. AS 08.36 is amended by adding a new section to article 2 to read: 08 Sec. 08.36.254. Temporary permit to substitute for an incapacitated 09 dentist. (a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice dentistry to a dentist 10 for the purpose of substituting for an incapacitated dentist licensed in this state. 11 (b) A dentist applying for a temporary permit under (a) of this section shall 12 (1) meet the requirements of AS 08.36.234, except the board may 13 waive the proof of continued competence requirement; and 14 (2) pay the required fee. 15 (c) A temporary permit issued under this section is valid only to treat patients

01 of the incapacitated dentist at an address listed on the business license of the 02 incapacitated dentist. 03 (d) The fee for a permit issued under this section is one-fourth of the fee for a 04 biennial license plus the appropriate application fee. 05 (e) The board may not issue a temporary permit under this section if another 06 dentist licensed under this chapter may reasonably substitute for the incapacitated 07 dentist. 08 (f) A temporary permit issued under this section is initially valid for 90 09 consecutive calendar days. Upon request of a permittee, the board shall extend a 10 permit issued under this section for 60 calendar days if, before the expiration of the 11 initial 90-day permit, the permittee submits to the board a completed application form 12 and the fee required under this chapter, except that the board may refuse to grant a 13 request for an extension for the same reasons the board may revoke a license under 14 AS 08.36.315. Permits and extensions of permits issued to a permittee under this 15 section are not valid for more than 240 calendar days during any consecutive 24 16 months. 17 (g) The board may extend a permit issued under this section for a period that 18 exceeds the limit established in (f) of this section if the board determines that the 19 extension is necessary to provide essential dental services and the board has received a 20 (1) clearance report from the National Practitioner Data Bank; 21 (2) clearance report from the United States Drug Enforcement 22 Administration; and 23 (3) completed application form and the fee required for licensure under 24 this chapter. 25 (h) In this section, "incapacitated" means impaired by a health condition that 26 renders a dentist unable to practice dentistry for more than 30 days.