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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 4. Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Dental : 4.2 Services, Benefits, Limitations, and Prior Authorization : 4.2.4 Written Informed Consent and Standards of Care

Written Informed Consent and Standards of Care
As outlined in 22 TAC §108.7, the dental provider must maintain written informed consent signed by the patient, or a parent or legal guardian of the patient if the patient is a minor, or a legal guardian of the patient if the patient has been adjudicated incompetent to manage the patient's personal affairs.
Such consent is required for all treatment plans and procedures where a reasonable possibility of complications from the treatment planned or a procedure exists, and such consent should disclose risks or hazards that could influence a reasonable person in making a decision to give or withhold consent.
Written consent must be given within the one-year period prior to the date the services are provided, and must not have been revoked. THSteps clients or their parents or legal guardians who can give written informed consent must receive information following a dental examination about the dental diagnosis, scope of proposed treatment, including alternatives and risks, anticipated results, and need for and risks of the administration of sedation or anesthesia. Additionally, they must receive a full explanation of the treatment plan and give written informed consent before treatment is initiated. The parent or guardian being present at the time of the dental visit facilitates the provider obtaining written informed consent. Dentists must comply with TSBDE Rule 22 TAC §108.2, “Fair Dealing.”

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