State legislation passed in 2018 requires California prescribers to use electronic data prescribing for nearly all prescriptions starting Jan 1, 2022. If a prescriber prescribes a controlled substance but does not electronically transmit it, the prescriber must document in the patient’s record the reason for not doing so as soon as practicable and within 72 hours of the end of the technological or electrical failure that prevented the transmission. This and other requirements associated with e-prescribing are detailed in CDA’s Prescribing and Dispensing Q&A.
Licensees are required to maintain continuing education certificates for at least three renewal periods (six years). If the C.E. completion waiver was used, ensure C.E. certificates are organized so that it can be easily determined which certificates are being applied to a specific license renewal period. Licensees also should ensure that C.E. course providers are approved by the dental board, ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) or the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (AGD PACE); otherwise, the course may not be recognized by the board for C.E. credit. Review Continuing Education Requirements.
License renewals must be completed online, a requirement that started July 1, 2021. The Dental Board no longer mails renewal forms, just postcard reminders. Licenses expire on the last day of a licensee’s birth month and in an odd-numbered year if born in an odd-numbered year, or in an even-numbered year if born in an even-numbered year. Set up an account at breeze.ca.gov.
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