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The manufacturer of a decontamination system used to decontaminate certain N95 respirators for health care personnel received a warning notice last week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “failure to comply with regulatory requirements for medical device reporting.”
The American Dental Association has released a COVID-19 & Lab Testing Requirements Toolkit to aid dentists who are interested in incorporating rapid point-of-care testing in their practice. To assist members with California-specific requirements, CDA’s Clinical Care Workgroup will release additional POC testing guidance next month.
HHS is accepting applications Oct. 5-Nov. 6 for the latest round of Provider Relief Funding intended to help health care providers suffering economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phase-3 General Distribution funding is open for the first time to dentists who began practicing Jan. 1 through March 31.
Employees in California may be entitled to workers’ compensation if they test positive for COVID-19 or if their place of employment experiences an “outbreak” of COVID-19 as defined by legislation signed into law Sept. 17 by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
HHS announced last week that it was releasing an additional $20 billion in a new phase ― Phase 3 ― of the Provider Relief Fund, which was created in April by the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to help health care providers suffering economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dental assistants and dental hygienists in California who have not been able to complete their RDA and RDH programs and therefore take the required examinations and obtain their licenses due to COVID-19 restrictions now have additional time to satisfy the exam requirements.
A dental practice in Massachusetts was cited for six serious respiratory protection violations, including for “failing to provide medical evaluations and fit testing for employees required to wear N-95 respirators as protection against the coronavirus,” according to an OSHA news release.
The October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores COVID-19 connections in oral health care and dentistry.
Since June, CDA has conducted a weekly poll to gain further insight on the effects of the pandemic on dental teams and their progress over the last four months as they adapt to safely providing care under new protocols. These results highlight the current status of practices since resuming preventive care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BinaxNow received an emergency use authorization from the FDA, becoming the latest rapid and inexpensive antigen test to be preliminarily approved for wide use. But tests that have received the authorization in recent weeks are not advanced enough to enable dentists to definitively identify patients with or without COVID-19.