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Insights and Key Considerations for Implementing Value-Based Payment in Children’s Oral Health: Perspectives from Participating States
CMS’s Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program Children’s Oral Health Initiative on Value-Based Payment (VBP) is hosting a national webinar August 27, 2019, from 2:00-3:15 PM ET to showcase the support provided, successes, and key takeaways of the three participating states: the District of Columbia, Michigan, and New Hampshire.
Representatives from these Medicaid agencies will describe their process of implementing VBP and contracting approaches to incentivize reductions in adverse children’s oral health care outcomes (e.g., caries, emergency department utilization). The webinar presenters will describe their processes for defining a project aim and metrics, successes to date, strategies used to overcome barriers, and considerations required (e.g., stakeholder engagement, methods for data collection and analysis) to implement VBP. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated question-and-answer session. Register
Call for Abstracts
National Oral Health Conference
The 2020 National Oral Health Conference® will mark the 21st joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) April 6-8, 2020, in San Diego. The planning committee for the 2020 NOHC® invites proposals for seminars and workshops (oral presentations and roundtables will be called for later). Submission deadline is 11:45 pm ET, October 8, 2019.
Rural Health Network Development Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Health Network Development Program (Network Development). This program will support up to 46 applicant organizations, which are either public or nonprofit private, rural, entities who represent a network of three or more separate, existing health care entities. HRSA expects to invest approximately $13 million for this program to support integrated rural health care networks that combine the functions of the network entities and include skilled, experienced staff, with a high functioning network board, in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community.
Previously funded networks under this program designed and carried out projects focused on coordinated care for patients, chronic disease management, behavioral health improvement, and utilizing/enhancing telehealth technology, among other issues for rural communities. See page 16 for oral health grants. Full details of the program and requirements for applicants are available at Grants.gov. The application deadline is November 25, 2019.
Protect Tiny Teeth
The American Academy of Pediatrics, through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has recently released the Protect Tiny Teeth Toolkit to help health care providers communicate with pregnant women and new families about the importance of oral health. The kit is organized into two sections: Oral Health Resources for Pregnant Women and Oral Health Resources for Families with Infants. Each section includes patient outreach and clinical practice resources. All materials are translated into English and Spanish and some of the patient outreach materials are also translated into 6 additional languages (French, Cambodian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Korean). To help you to use the kit there are step-by-step directions, a social media toolkit, and the opportunity to customize the materials with your organization's logo.
Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices: Proceedings of a Workshop
This publication summarizes presentations and discussions from a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop titled Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices and held on December 6, 2018. Topics include integration of oral health, primary care, and health literacy; systems thinking, integration, and health literacy as a catalyst; health literacy and care integration; exploring pathways to integration; developing a research agenda for integration; and reflections on the workshop.
Opioids and Oral Health
2020 Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health
Following up last month's announcements of papers from OHRC about opioids and oral health, there are additional resources from ADA and ASTDD.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research hosts a web page about the 2020 Surgeon General's report on oral health. Use the page to learn about the project team, browse past and upcoming events, view presentations, and find contact information.