Chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 53 the following section:-
Section 53A. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:-
“Dentist”, an individual licensed pursuant to sections 43 to 53, inclusive, to practice dentistry.
“Direct dental care”, the screening, assessment and diagnosis of oral health and disease.
“Direct dental care agreements”, an agreement for the delivery of direct dental care entered into between a dentist and patient pursuant to this section based on a periodic fee for certain services for a specified period of time, rather than a fee-for-service arrangement financed through dental insurance.
“Patient”, an individual contracting for dental care.
(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a dentist and a patient may enter into a direct dental care agreement for direct dental care. A direct dental care agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall: (i) describe the services to be provided in exchange for payment of a periodic fee; (ii) specify the periodic fee required and any additional fees that may be charged; (iii) specify that the termination of the agreement shall not affect any other agreement entered into pursuant to this section; and (iv) prohibit the dentist from submitting a fee-for-service claim for payment for services covered under the agreement.
(c) A dentist that enters into a direct dental care agreement pursuant to this section shall not be considered an insurance company and shall not be subject to the oversight of the division of insurance or subsection 5 of section 52A. A direct dental care agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall not be considered an insurance product or plan and shall not be subject to the oversight of the division of insurance or said subsection 5 of section 52A.
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