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32-1207. Powers and duties; executive director; immunity; fees; definition
A. The board shall:
1. Adopt rules that are not inconsistent with this chapter for regulating its own conduct, for holding examinations and for regulating the practice of dentists and supervised personnel and registered business entities, provided:
(a) Regulation of supervised personnel is based on the degree of education and training of the supervised personnel, the state of scientific technology available and the necessary degree of supervision of the supervised personnel by dentists.
(b) Except as provided pursuant to sections 32-1276.03 and 32-1281, only licensed dentists may perform diagnosis and treatment planning, prescribe medication and perform surgical procedures on hard and soft tissues.
(c) Only a licensed dentist, a dental therapist either under the direct supervision of a dentist or pursuant to a written collaborative practice agreement or a dental hygienist in consultation with a dentist may perform examinations, oral health assessments and treatment sequencing for dental hygiene procedures.
2. Adopt a seal.
3. Maintain a record that is available to the board at all times of its acts and proceedings, including the issuance, denial, renewal, suspension or revocation of licenses and the disposition of complaints. The existence of a pending complaint or investigation shall not be disclosed to the public. Records of complaints shall be available to the public, except only as follows:
(a) If the board dismisses or terminates a complaint, the record of the complaint shall not be available to the public.
(b) If the board has issued a nondisciplinary letter of concern, the record of the complaint shall be available to the public only for a period of five years after the date the board issued the letter of concern.
(c) If the board has required additional nondisciplinary continuing education pursuant to section 32-1263.01 but has not taken further action, the record of the complaint shall be available to the public only for a period of five years after the licensee satisfies this requirement.
(d) If the board has assessed a nondisciplinary civil penalty pursuant to section 32-1208 but has not taken further action, the record of the complaint shall be available to the public only for a period of five years after the licensee satisfies this requirement.
4. Establish a uniform and reasonable standard of minimum educational requirements consistent with the accreditation standards of the American dental association commission on dental accreditation to be observed by dental schools, dental therapy schools and dental hygiene schools in order to be classified as recognized dental schools, dental therapy schools or dental hygiene schools.
5. Establish a uniform and reasonable standard of minimum educational requirements that are consistent with the accreditation standards of the United States department of education or the council on higher education accreditation and that must be observed by denture technology schools in order to be classified as recognized denture technology schools.
6. Determine the reputability and classification of dental schools, dental therapy schools, dental hygiene schools and denture technology schools in accordance with their compliance with the standard set forth in paragraph 4 or 5 of this subsection, whichever is applicable.
7. Issue licenses to persons who the board determines are eligible for licensure pursuant to this chapter.
8. Determine the eligibility of applicants for restricted permits and issue restricted permits to those found eligible.
9. Pursuant to section 32-1263.02, investigate charges of misconduct on the part of licensees and persons to whom restricted permits have been issued.
10. Issue a letter of concern, which is not a disciplinary action but refers to practices that may lead to a violation and to disciplinary action.
11. Issue decrees of censure, fix periods and terms of probation, suspend or revoke licenses, certificates and restricted permits, as the facts may warrant, and reinstate licenses, certificates and restricted permits in proper cases.
12. Collect and disburse monies.
13. Perform all other duties that are necessary to enforce this chapter and that are not specifically or by necessary implication delegated to another person.
14. Establish criteria for the renewal of permits issued pursuant to board rules relating to general anesthesia and sedation.
B. The board may:
1. Sue and be sued.
2. Issue subpoenas, including subpoenas to the custodian of patient records, compel attendance of witnesses, administer oaths and take testimony concerning all matters within the board's jurisdiction. If a person refuses to obey a subpoena issued by the board, the refusal shall be certified to the superior court and proceedings shall be instituted for contempt of court.
3. Adopt rules:
(a) Prescribing requirements for continuing education for renewal of all licenses issued pursuant to this chapter.
(b) Prescribing educational and experience prerequisites for the administration of intravenous or intramuscular drugs for the purpose of sedation or for use of general anesthetics in conjunction with a dental treatment procedure.
(c) Prescribing requirements for obtaining licenses for retired licensees or licensees who have a disability, including the triennial license renewal fee.
4. Hire consultants to assist the board in the performance of its duties and employ persons to provide investigative, professional and clerical assistance as the board deems necessary.
5. Contract with other state or federal agencies as required to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
6. If determined by the board, order physical, psychological, psychiatric and competency evaluations of licensed dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists, certified denturists and applicants for licensure and certification at the expense of those individuals.
C. The executive director or the executive director's designee may:
1. Issue and renew licenses, certificates and permits to applicants who meet the requirements of this chapter.
2. Initiate an investigation if evidence appears to demonstrate that a dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, denturist or restricted permit holder may be engaged in unprofessional conduct or may be unable to safely practice dentistry.
3. Initiate an investigation if evidence appears to demonstrate that a business entity may be engaged in unethical conduct.
4. Subject to board approval, enter into a consent agreement with a dentist, dental therapist, denturist, dental hygienist or restricted permit holder if there is evidence of unprofessional conduct.
5. Subject to board approval, enter into a consent agreement with a business entity if there is evidence of unethical conduct.
6. Refer cases to the board for a formal interview.
7. If delegated by the board, enter into a stipulation agreement with a person under the board's jurisdiction for the treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring of chemical substance abuse or misuse.
D. Members of the board are personally immune from liability with respect to all acts done and actions taken in good faith and within the scope of their authority.
E. The board by rule shall require that a licensee obtain a permit for the application of general anesthesia, semiconscious sedation or conscious sedation, shall establish and collect a fee of not more than three hundred dollars to cover administrative costs connected with issuing the permit and shall conduct inspections to ensure compliance.
F. The board by rule may establish and collect fees for license verification, board meeting agendas and minutes, published lists and mailing labels.
G. This section does not prohibit the board from conducting its authorized duties in a public meeting.
H. For the purposes of this section, "record of complaint" means the document reflecting the final disposition of a complaint or investigation.