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2009 Focus Group #2:  Best Practices and Metrics in Oral Health

March 19-20, 2009 - Phoenix, Arizona

Continuing our collaborative research for our 2009 theme on Defining Quality in Oral Health Care, the Institute for Oral Health hosted a second focus group with the nation's leading experts to explore best practices for measuring quality and effectiveness in dental care access, delivery and treatment protocols.

Group discussion topics included:

  • HealthPartners dental data tracking system for evidenced-based care and integration with medical data
  • Permanente's performance mgmt system and process metrics for determining quality
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC) accreditation as it relates to dental metrics and best practices
  • VA Office of Dentistry's Oral Health Quality initiative for evidenced-based care and prevention

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Panel of Experts

Led by IOH Executive Director, Dr. Ron Inge, the forum discussion included:

  • Craig Amundson, DDS
    Chief Operating Officer, HealthPartners, Inc.
  • David Gesko, DDS
    Dental Director and Senior Vice President, HealthPartners, Inc.
  • Judith Jones, DDS, MPH
    Professor and Chair, Dept of General Dentistry, Boston University School of Dental Medicine and Associate Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health
  • Ken Sadler, DDS
    President and Administrative Director, Winston-Salem Dental Care
  • John Snyder, DMD
    Dental Director and CEO, Permanente Dental Associates
  • Dr. Tim Ward, DDS
    Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Dentistry, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC