Arizona Dental Board Attorney
The Arizona Dental Board protects and promotes the welfare of the people of Arizona. They do this by ensuring each person who is a dentist and holds a license as a dentist in the State of Arizona is competent and able to practice safely. This means the Arizona Dental Board has the authority to discipline the license of any dentist in the state. Chelle Law’s Arizona Dental Board Attorneys have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. At Chelle Law, our attorney’s have the experience to help dentists with all Arizona Dental Board matters. We can assist Arizona Dental Board licensees with:
- Disciplinary Actions
- Criminal Reporting
Arizona Dental Examiners Board Complaint
Who can file a complaint against a dentist? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Arizona Dental Board receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the dentist receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for dentists as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Arizona Dental Board.
Dental Application Assistance
Applicants to the Arizona Dental Board who have a criminal history or previous discipline by Arizona’s Dental Board (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, a healthcare professional with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards may face an investigation by the Board. We can assist with:
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Assistants and technicians
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Arizona State Board
Dentists who currently hold a valid license with the Arizona Dental Board or pending applicants must notify the board of any criminal charge that may affect patient safety within ten business days. Learn what crimes an individual must report and the potential discipline that can come with it.
Physician Health Program (PHP)
In lieu of disciplinary action the Arizona Dental Board may allow a dentist to enter various PHP agreements which handles the post-treatment monitoring, education and intervention of allopathic dentists who suffer from substance abuse or dependence, medical, psychiatric, psychological or behavioral health disorders that affect their ability to safely practice. Types of PHP Agreements:
- Stipulated Health Agreement: A confidential, non-public monitoring agreement for psychological, psychiatric, behavioral or physical health problems. This can last anywhere from six months to five years or more.
- Stipulated Rehabilitation Agreement: A confidential, non-public monitoring agreement for substance abuse which can last from 6 months to 5 years or more.
- Interim Consent Agreement for Practice Restriction: A disciplinary, public, reportable action that restricts the practice of a dentist with substance abuse disorder that has led to unsafe practice.
- Interim Consent Agreement for Practice Limitation: A non-disciplinary, public, reportable action that limits the practice of a dentist suffering from health reasons that has led to unsafe practice.
- Probation to Participate in the PHP: Requires a dentist to remain in compliance with PHP monitoring recommendations.
Dental License Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee may request an appeal of an Arizona Dental Board disciplinary action to an administrative law judge with the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In some instances, a case is sent automatically to hearing. The administrative hearing is conducted by OAH before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The hearing is not as formal as a trial, but is similar. Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening and closing argument, which should explain why the judge should rule one way or the other. A dentist’s attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing, the ALJ reviews the transcripts, evidence and makes a recommendation. However, the Board makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify the ALJ’s decision. If n individuals feels there has been a mistake they can request a rehearing.
Arizona Physician Law and Disciplinary Actions
Arizona Dental Board disciplinary actions are given to dentists with a license or certification in Arizona. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. Thus, at a Board Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the dentist formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Advisory Letter
- Letter of Reprimand
- Stipulated Rehabilitation Agreement
- Nondisciplinary Order for Continuing Education
Professional License Board Attorneys
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with our Arizona Dental Board Attorney or would like to learn more about our medical license services Chelle Law offers, reach out to us today.