Patient Identification Legislation Signed Into Pennsylvania Law
Governor Rendell signed Act 101
into law on November 19, 2005. PDA supported Act 101, introduced by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre), requiring the placement of patient names or initials on all dentures and most orthodontic appliances.
Dentists who find it unfeasible or unsafe to provide markings on certain orthodontic appliances, or those who have patients that provide written documentation refusing identification markings, are exempt from this requirement.
PDA spearheaded this legislation in response to a resolution from the 2003 House of Delegates. Act 101 addresses important public safety concerns in the following ways:
Techniques for marking acrylic appliances are divided into the following three categories:
- By assisting forensic dental teams in human identification, particularly in the quick and efficient identification of victims of mass disasters.
- By aiding health care professionals in identifying misplaced dentures in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
- By helping law enforcement officials identify missing children.
- Labels printed on paper, tape or plastic and embedded in the appliance.
- Tattooing with graphite or ink.
- Engraving or stamping a metal strip that is embedded in the base.
Contact PDA's government relations staff
at (717) 234-5941, ext. 116 for more information about Act 101.