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32-1263. Grounds for disciplinary action; definition
A. The board may invoke disciplinary action against any person who is licensed under this chapter for any of the following reasons:
1. Unprofessional conduct as defined in section 32-1201.01.
2. Conviction of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, in which case the record of conviction or a certified copy is conclusive evidence.
3. Physical or mental incompetence to practice pursuant to this chapter.
4. Committing or aiding, directly or indirectly, a violation of or noncompliance with any provision of this chapter or of any rules adopted by the board pursuant to this chapter.
5. Dental incompetence as defined in section 32-1201.
B. This section does not establish a cause of action against a licensee or a registered business entity that makes a report of unprofessional conduct or unethical conduct in good faith.
C. The board may take disciplinary action against a business entity that is registered pursuant to this chapter for unethical conduct.
D. For the purposes of this section, "unethical conduct" means the following acts occurring in this state or elsewhere:
1. Failing to report in writing to the board any evidence that a dentist, dental therapist, denturist or dental hygienist is or may be professionally incompetent, is or may be guilty of unprofessional conduct, is or may be impaired by drugs or alcohol or is or may be mentally or physically unable to safely engage in the permissible activities of a dentist, dental therapist, denturist or dental hygienist.
2. Falsely reporting to the board that a dentist, dental therapist, denturist or dental hygienist is or may be guilty of unprofessional conduct, is or may be impaired by drugs or alcohol or is or may be mentally or physically unable to safely engage in the permissible activities of a dentist, dental therapist, denturist or dental hygienist.
3. Obtaining or attempting to obtain a registration or registration renewal by fraud or by misrepresentation.
4. Knowingly filing with the board any application, renewal or other document that contains false information.
5. Failing to register or failing to submit a renewal registration with the board pursuant to section 32-1213.
6. Failing to provide the following persons with access to any place for which a registration has been issued or for which an application for a registration has been submitted in order to conduct a site investigation, inspection or audit:
(a) The board or its employees or agents.
(b) An authorized federal or state official.
7. Failing to notify the board of a change in officers and directors, a change of address or a change in the dentists providing services pursuant to section 32-1213, subsection E.
8. Failing to provide patient records pursuant to section 32-1264.
9. Obtaining a fee by fraud or misrepresentation or wilfully or intentionally filing a fraudulent claim with a third party for services rendered or to be rendered to a patient.
10. Engaging in repeated irregularities in billing.
11. Engaging in the following advertising practices:
(a) Publishing or circulating, directly or indirectly, any false or fraudulent or misleading statements concerning the skill, methods or practices of a registered business entity, a licensee or any other person.
(b) Advertising in any manner that tends to deceive or defraud the public.
12. Failing to comply with a board subpoena in a timely manner.
13. Failing to comply with a final board order, including a decree of censure, a period or term of probation, a consent agreement or a stipulation.
14. Employing or aiding and abetting unlicensed persons to perform work that must be done by a person licensed pursuant to this chapter.
15. Engaging in any conduct or practice that constitutes a danger to the health, welfare or safety of the patient or the public.
16. Engaging in a policy or practice that interferes with the clinical judgment of a licensee providing dental services for a business entity or compromising a licensee's ability to comply with this chapter.
17. Engaging in a practice by which a dental hygienist, dental therapist or dental assistant exceeds the scope of practice or restrictions included in a written collaborative practice agreement.