b. The DENTAC commander is responsible for all aspects of Quality Assurance for
all personnel who practice within his dental treatment facility. The DENTAC commander
will publish a written Quality Assurance program addressing these essential components of
(1) Patient care evaluation.
(2) Initial credentialing, granting of clinical privileges, licensure, certification,
and other professional qualifications.
(3) Utilization management.
(4) Risk management.
c. The DENTAC Quality Assurance committee is responsible for the execution of
the DENTAC QA plan and will act as a resource to the professional staff on QA issues.
(1) The exact composition of the committee will be determined by the DENTAC
commander. However, the dental treatment facility officers-in-charge, the executive officer,
the director of dental education, and the senior noncommissioned officer will be included.
A dental officer will serve as chairperson. One member of the DENTAC QA committee will
serve as infection control officer and will represent the DENTAC on the MEDDAC or
MEDCEN infection control committee.
(2) The DENTAC Quality Assurance committee will develop a list of screening
indicators which, when they occur, will trigger a review of adequacy of care. Such items as
cardiac arrest, severe postoperative infection, return for the same complaint within 72
hours, and nerve or vessel damage during surgery will be included.
d. The DENTAC Credentials Committee will recommend to the commander the
clinical privileges of DENTAC practitioners serving in the DENTAC (including ARNG and
USAR practitioners). Committee membership will be determined by the commander. The
senior dental officer will usually serve as chairperson and will keep and control the reports
of the committee and the practitioner credentials files.
Remember that the role of the patient administration division is one of support and
assistance and the significant requirements of quality assurance standards are:
1. A comprehensive quality assurance program.