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Rule 3701-56-04 | Dental health resource shortage areas.


(A) Dental health resource shortage areas shall include the following:

(1) A geographic area, facility (including federally qualified health centers), or population group in this state that is designated by the United States secretary of health and human services as a dental health professional shortage area under 42 C.F.R. in accordance with Appendix B to 42 C.F.R. Part 5 (1993).

(2) A geographic area, one or more facilities within a particular area or a population group within a particular area which:

(a) Has a population to dentist ratio exceeding four thousand to one and is in an appalachian county; or

(b) Has a population to dentist ratio exceeding four thousand to one and a minority population which exceeds seventy per cent; or

(c) Has a low-income population (less than or equal to two hundred per cent of poverty level) to dentist serving the low-income population (adjusted to full time equivalent) ratio exceeding four thousand to one; or

(d) Has insufficient capacity, such as unusually long wait time for new patient appointments (more than six weeks for routine dental services) or two-thirds of dentists do not accept new patients; or

(e) Demonstrates the population in the area experiences significant barriers to obtaining dental care; or

(f) Has previously been designated to be a dental health professional shortage area as described in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule and has a population to dentist ratio exceeding four thousand to one.

(3) A free clinic, as defined in section 3701.071 of the Revised Code, regardless of whether a clinic is located in a geographic area that is designated as a dental health resource shortage area.

(4) Other areas or population groups which the director has determined to have unmet needs for dentists.

(B) In determining priorities among dental health resource shortage areas, the director shall consider:

(1) Population groups that experience special oral health problems such as low-income, medicaid, minority, migrant, homeless, nursing home residents and other population groups determined by the director to have special oral health problems;

(2) Dentist practice patterns that limit access to dental care.

(C) The director shall give priority to the dental health resource shortage areas based on the following factors, with the population to dentist ratio receiving the highest priority:

(1) Population to dentist ratio in the shortage area;

(2) Per cent of the population with incomes below the poverty level or other oral health status indicators of the target population such as community water fluoridation;

(3) Travel time or distance to nearest source of care outside the dental health resource shortage area;

Last updated July 15, 2022 at 9:45 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 3702.86
Amplifies: 3702.86, 3702.88
Five Year Review Date: 7/15/2027
Prior Effective Dates: 7/8/2004, 11/26/2009, 7/2/2015