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Are You in Compliance?

Learn more about upcoming deadlines through 2024 regarding licensing and certification requirements for dental professionals in Massachusetts.

Dentist License Renewal: Massachusetts dentists are required to complete 40 continuing education credits and renew their dental licenses by March 31, 2024.

Dental Hygienists License Renewal: All Massachusetts dental hygienists are required to complete 35 continuing education credits and renew their dental hygiene licenses by March 31, 2025.

Dental Assistant License Renewal: All Massachusetts dental assistants are required to complete 12 continuing education credits and renew their licenses by November 1, 2023.

MassHealth ORP

MassHealth Requirements for ORP Reinstated
The Affordable Care Act Section 6401 (b) required dentists if not already enrolled with MassHealth as an approved billing provider to enroll with MassHealth as an Ordering, Referring and Prescribing (ORP) non-billing provider.

ORP Claims Submission Requirements

If MassHealth requires a service to be ordered, referred, or prescribed, then the following claims submission requirements must occur to receive payment.

  1. The National Provider Identifier (NPI) of the ORP provider must be included on the claim.
  2. The ORP provider must be actively enrolled with MassHealth as a fully participating provider or as a non-billing provider and be an authorized ORP provider.

Temporary Hold Lifted

During COVID 19 MassHealth temporarily put a hold on the ORP claims submission requirements. Effective July 1, 2023 the requirements will be reinstated. This reinstatement applies to all services that require ORP and have dates of service on or after July 1, 2023. All claims will be denied if they do not meet the ORP claims submission requirements: For more information please refer to the All Provider Bulletin 361: Start Dates for Enforcing Ordering, Referring, and Prescribing Requirements

For additional information on the ORP non-billing provider requirements and how to enroll with MassHealth, please call the DentaQuest Credentialing Customer Service Center (MassHealth) at 800.233.1468.

Employee Posting Requirements

Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Install Amalgam Separators

Amalgam Separator Certification Deadline