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Learn more about upcoming deadlines through 2021 regarding licensing and certification requirements for dental professionals in Massachusetts.

March 31, 2020 - Dentist License Renewal and MassHealth ORP

Massachusetts dentists are required to complete 40 continuing education credits and renew their dental licenses by March 31, 2020.

M.G.L. c. 112, s. 45 mandates that the Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) condition the renewal of all dental licenses on a dentist’s application to participate in MassHealth as an Ordering, Referring, and Prescribing (ORP) non-billing provider unless the dentist is already enrolled as an approved billing provider. Accordingly, you will not be permitted to renew your dental license unless and until you submit an ORP enrollment form to MassHealth. 

While this law went into effect in November 2017, this is the second time that Massachusetts dentists will need to attest to participating as a MassHealth provider or as a non-billing provider as a condition of the license renewal process. Note: You must answer "yes" to the following attestation questions:

  • Are you enrolled in MassHealth as a fully participating provider or non-billing provider OR have you submitted a thoroughly completed application to be a fully participating provider and a signed provider contract with MassHealth? 
  • Do you consent to the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and its enrollment vendor, to obtain, read, copy, and share with each other information regarding your MassHealth application and enrollment status and professional licensure status? 
Contact the Dentaquest MassHealth Credentialing Customer Service Department at 800.233.1468 before you renew your license to verify you have completed this requirement.

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