A New York State law amendment regarding dental telehealth services takes effect immediately. Here's what dentists need to know.
Since dental practices reopened in June, a concern has arisen about liability claims related to COVID-19 exposure. While this concern is certainly legitimate, an overlooked, likely greater concern is the potential for claims related to delays in diagnosis and treatment that could stem from the closure of dental practices during the peak of the pandemic in New York State.
A recent American Dental Association (ADA) teledentistry policy update addresses the virtual service at a crucial moment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ADA asserts that care via teledentistry can be an effective way of expanding dental reach and should be consistent with in-person care.
Oral cancer is aggressive, and dentists must be constantly vigilant in their assessments during regular check-ups. Although most dentists won't see many cases during their careers, there's a higher likelihood of finding suspected lesions now while patients return to the dentist after a missed or delayed appointment due to COVID-19.