Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-03-.11 - FREE HEALTH CLINIC AND VOLUNTEER PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Current through March 20, 2022

(1) Free Health Clinic Practice Pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-1-201
(a) Any individual licensed to practice as a dental hygienist in this state or any other state who has not been disciplined by any licensure board may have their license converted to or receive a Tennessee "Special Volunteer License," as defined in T.C.A. § 63-1201, which will entitle the licensee to practice without remuneration solely within a "free health clinic," as defined by T.C.A. § 63-1-201, at a specified site or setting by doing the following:
1. Obtaining from the Board's administrative office a "Special Volunteer License" application, completing it and submitting it along with any required documentation to the Board's administrative office; and
2. Have the licensing authority of every state in which the individual holds or ever held a license to practice as a dental hygienist submit directly to the Board's administrative office the equivalent of a "certificate of fitness" as described in T.C.A. § 63-1-118 which shows that the license has never been subjected to any disciplinary action and is free and clear of all encumbrances; and
3. For dental hygienists who have not been licensed in Tennessee, comply with all provisions of subparagraph (3) (b) and paragraphs (4), (5), (8) and (9) of rule 0460-03-.01; and
4. Submitting the specific location of the site or setting of the free health clinic in which the licensee intends to practice along with proof of the clinic's private, and not-for-profit status.
(b) A dental hygienist holding a Special Volunteer License is not required to pay any fee for its issuance or the required biennial renewal pursuant to the Division of Health Related Board's biennial birthdate renewal system.
(c) A dental hygienist holding a Special Volunteer License may not do any of the following:
1. Practice as a dental hygienist anywhere other than in the free health clinic site or setting specified in the application; and
2. Charge any fee or receive compensation or remuneration of any kind from any person or third party payor including insurance companies, health plans and state or federal benefit programs for the provision of medical or any other services; and
3. Practice for any free health clinic that imposes any charge on any individual to whom health care services are rendered or submits charges to any third party payor including insurance companies, health plans and state or federal benefit programs for the provision of any services.
(d) Special Volunteer Licenses are subject to all of the following
1. All rules governing renewal, retirement, reinstatement and reactivation as provided by rules 0460-03-.07 and .08, except those requiring the payment of any fees; and
2. The rules governing continuing education and cardio pulmonary resuscitation as provided by rule 0460-01-.05; and
3. Disciplinary action for the same causes and pursuant to the same procedures as all other licenses issued by the Board.
(2) Practice Pursuant to the "Volunteer Health Care Services Act" T.C.A. §§ 63-6-701, et seq.
(a) Any dental hygienist licensed in this or any other state, territory, district or possession of the United States whose license is not under a disciplinary order of suspension or revocation may practice as a dental hygienist in this state but only under the auspices of an organization that has complied with the provisions of this rule and T.C.A. §§ 63-6701 through 707 and rule 1200-10-1-.12 of the Division of Health Related Boards.
(b) Any person who may lawfully practice as a dental hygienist in this or any other state, territory, district or possession of the United States under an exemption from licensure and who is not under a disciplinary order of suspension or revocation and who is not and will not "regularly practice," as defined by T.C.A. § 63-6-703(3) may practice as a dental hygienist in this state but only under the auspices of an organization that has complied with the provisions of this rule and T.C.A. §§ 63-6-701 through 707 and rule 1200-10-1-.12 of the Division of Health Related Boards.
(c) A dental hygienist or anyone who practices under an exemption from licensure pursuant to this rule may not charge any fee or receive compensation or remuneration of any kind from any person or third party payor including insurance companies, health plans and state or federal benefit programs for the provision of services; and may not practice for any organization that imposes any charge on any individual to whom health care services are rendered or submits charges to any third party payor including insurance companies, health plans and state or federal benefit programs for the provision of any services.
(d) Any organization that organizes or arranges for the voluntary provision of health care services on residents of Tennessee may utilize persons described in subparagraphs (a) and (b) to practice as dental hygienists only when it has complied with the provisions of T.C.A. §§ 63-6-701 through 707 and rule 1200-10-1-.12 of the Division of Health Related Boards.
(3) Application review and licensure decisions for these types of licensure shall be governed by rule 0460-01-.04.

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Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-03-.11
Original rule filed December 16, 2005; effective March 1, 2006. Amendment filed August 4, 2009; effective November 2, 2009.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-1-201, 63-5-105, 63-5-111, 63-5-114, 63-5-134, and 63-6-701 through 63-6-707.

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