Teledentistry Parity Bill Signed Into Law
On December 15, the dental telehealth parity bill -- A.10034 (Gottfried) / S.7879 (Rivera) -- passed unanimously by the Legislature, was signed into law by the Governor as Chapter 328 of the Laws of 2020. The law takes effect immediately.
This is a bill directed at so-called “do-it-yourself” dentistry. It requires that dental telehealth services adhere to the standards of appropriate patient care required in other dental healthcare settings and prohibits dental telehealth providers from attempting to waive liability for their services. The first section of the bill requires adherence to standards of appropriate care. It also: requires that dental telehealth providers identify themselves to patients and provide their New York state license number; prohibits a dental telehealth provider from attempting to waive liability in advance of providing services; and prohibits a dental telehealth provider from attempting to prevent a patient from filing a complaint with any governmental agency or authority.