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Dental Assistant Disciplinary Action Letter to BORID
February 23, 2021
MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon has sent a letter on behalf of all members to the Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) advocating against enhanced penalties for dentists who employ dental staff practicing with an expired license or without a license. The MDS has always strongly urged our members and their staff to comply with all rules and regulations set forth by BORID.
“We fear that enhancing the penalty will not have the desired effect of decreasing the number of cases [of non-compliance], but rather may cause those dentists to suffer substantial increases to malpractice premiums and negatively impact their reputation before the public, thereby adversely affecting their commercial viability and—most importantly—potentially hindering patients’ access to care,” writes Dr. Hanlon.
The MDS supports BORID in its efforts to protect the public and hopes to play a larger role in communicating these efforts to members moving forward.