PUBLIC HEALTH CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 368 of 1978
333.16626 Dental assistant as second pair of hands.
(1) Subject to subsection (2), and notwithstanding section 16601(1)(f) or the rules promulgated under section 16625(1), a dental hygienist or dental therapist may utilize a dental assistant to act as his or her second pair of hands.
(2) Notwithstanding section 16601(1)(e) or the rules promulgated under section 16625(1), a dental assistant may function as a second pair of hands for a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental therapist if all of the following are met:
(a) The dentist, dental hygienist, or dental therapist is actively performing services in the mouth of a patient at the time the dental assistant is assisting him or her.
(b) If the dental assistant is assisting a dental hygienist, a supervising dentist has assigned the dental assistant to act as the dental hygienist's second pair of hands.
(3) This section does not require new or additional third party reimbursement or mandated worker's compensation benefits for services rendered by an individual who is licensed as a dental assistant, dental hygienist, or dental therapist under this article.
(4) As used in this section, "second pair of hands" means that term as defined in R 338.11101 of the Michigan Administrative Code.
History: Add. 2012, Act 289, Imd. Eff. Aug. 1, 2012
Am. 2018, Act 463, Eff. Mar. 27, 2019
Popular Name: Act 368
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