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2010: Oral Health in Healthcare Reform

In 2010, the Institute for Oral Health rallied people across the dental profession and healthcare industry to develop solutions that help ensure the vital oral health needs of all Americans are strongly represented in healthcare reform.

At the 2010 IOH Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, leading experts in dentistry and reform policy spotlighted the following key issues:

  • The Economic Impact of Reform - Senator William Frist, MD

    An inside look at the impact reform will have on care delivery in the coming years, including “three certainties”: a need to cut costs, develop quality metrics, and integrate with medical and community partners to improve outcomes.

    Partial Whitepaper (Frist only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Reform as a Lever to Expand the Role of Dentistry - Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH

    Reform initiatives provide many opportunities for dentistry to play a bigger role in healthcare. The time is right to increase recognition of dentists as primary care providers who often deliver the most complex care in the most complex patients.

    Partial Whitepaper (Edelstein only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Making Coverage Matter - Shelly Gehshan, MPP

    To influence changes in dental policy and practice, we need new cost-effective business models. Hiring new providers into dental practices to support Medicaid patients can improve access for the underserved while increasing practice revenue.

    Partial Whitepaper (Gehshan only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Access for Children through Efficient Care Delivery - Joel Berg, DDS, MA

    To provide the most cost-effective dental care for thousands of children, Seattle’s new Center for Pediatric Dentistry was designed to optimize efficiency at every level. The Center offers the highest level of care in an academic health center environment.

    Partial Whitepaper (Berg only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Improving Care and Reducing Cost for Vulnerable Older Adults -
    Doug Berkey, DMD, MPH, MS

    To improve health outcomes for seniors, care delivery and provider training need to support seniors in staying in their home. PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, increases quality, better manages chronic illness, and reduces costs.

    Partial Whitepaper (Berkey only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Total Health through Integrated Care and Benefits - Joseph V. Errante, DDS

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts proved the value of integrating dental and medical care to improve health outcomes. Proactive outreach and customized dental plans for high risk patients helped improve outcomes and reduce overall care costs.

    Partial Whitepaper (Errante only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Collaborative Care Delivery - Michael Helgeson, DDS

    Reform experts agree that providers need to deliver quality care at a lower cost. Community Collaborative Practice brings together medical, dental and community partners to improve access and outcomes for the underserved at reduced costs.

    Partial Whitepaper (Helgeson only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Quality Improvements with Electronic Health Records - Terry G. O’Toole, DDS

    Emerging technologies for electronic dental records support better integration with medicine and help drive data collection critical for developing quality metrics, performance analyses, evidence-based best practices, and cost-saving efficiencies.

    Partial Whitepaper (O'Toole only)  |  Full Whitepaper

  • Improving Health Outcomes for Diabetics - Maria E. Ryan, DDS, PhD

    Dentists treating diabetic patients with periodontal disease need to help patients control and manage both diseases. They should conduct risk assessments, educate patients, and collaborate with physicians on treatment plans and early detection.

    Partial Whitepaper (Ryan only)  |  Full Whitepaper