dental hygiene

Dental Hygienists Struggle with Credentialing to Treat Low- Income Population

Current Medicaid law requires dental hygienists who practice independently to be credentialed individually with health insurers which limits their ability to care for people on the Oregon Health Plan.

Some intrepid dental hygienists in Oregon are looking to serve the state’s low-income, non-mobile and rural residents through a state certification that allows them to see patients without a dentist’s supervision.

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