HB-4718, As Passed Senate, July 18, 2012
HOUSE BILL NO. 4718
A bill to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled
"Public health code,"
(MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211) by adding section 16626.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 16626. (1) Subject to subsection (2), and notwithstanding
section 16601(1)(f) or the rules promulgated under section
16625(1), a dental hygienist 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 or dental hygienist if all
of the following are met:
(a) The dentist or dental hygienist 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 licensed as a dental assistant
or as a dental hygienist 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.