ADA Offers Free Course on Becoming a Medicaid Provider

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Despite misconceptions and fears associated with being a Medicaid provider, treating this population can be rewarding and contribute positively to your bottom line.  Medicaid providers will share three effective practice models and opportunities/challenges regarding compliance, fraud, advocacy and more. After this course, you will be able to:
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Many Kids on Medicaid Don’t See a Dentist

Even though this number has improved by 16% between 2002 and 2007, there are still many children who cannot access care due to the loss of school-based dental education programs, state budget cuts, low reimbursement rates that prevent providers from accepting Medicaid patients, and the overall lack of Medicaid dollars going toward dental care. Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has put goals in place for preventive services, the only long-lasting solution will be an increased investment in dental care.
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WellCare of Kentucky’s oral health initiatives yield positive results for Medicaid members

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced positive results from initiatives aimed at improving the oral health of its Medicaid members in Kentucky.   Since November 2011, when the company began serving the state’s Medicaid population, WellCare of Kentucky’s oral health initiatives increased the number of WellCare dental providers by 114 percent, expanded the network into 12 additional counties and grew the number of WellCare provider locations by 67 percent. WellCare also added specialists for periodontics, and oral and maxillofacial pathology to its dental network.   In 2012, to increase preventive appointments, the company identified and contacted members who were due for an annual appointment and provided an incentive to encourage visits. As a result, more than 1,500 WellCare Medicaid members, who otherwise would not have had a preventive dental visit, took advantage of this benefit.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Kentucky 45th among the states for the percentage of adults over age 18 who made a dental visit within the past year, and according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, only 43 percent of children in Kentucky received an annual preventive care visit in the past year.   “Oral health is a key component of overall physical health,” said Kelly Munson, chief operating officer of WellCare of Kentucky. “In Kentucky, WellCare is focused on expanding its network of dental providers, educating about the importance of oral health and encouraging annual preventive dental screenings to help our members lead better, healthier lives.”   The member outreach and incentives program continues in 2013. WellCare of Kentucky Medicaid members can call 1-877-389-9457 and 1-877-247-6272 for more information about their dental benefits.   From WellCare
Source: kyforward.com

Improving oral health for children in Medicaid, NC Health Choice

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children ages 5 to 19, affecting approximately 1 in 5 children. In North Carolina, 14 percent of children in kindergarten (ages 5-6) have untreated dental decay in at least one primary tooth. A number of factors put some children at greater risk of developing dental cavities, particularly low socioeconomic status and minority race/ethnicity. With proper dental care and dietary choices, dental cavities and decay could almost be eliminated among children. While North Carolina has made tremendous improvements in dental service utilization by children enrolled in Medicaid and NC Health Choice over the past decade, there is still room for improvement. Only 45 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid and 49 percent of the children enrolled in NC Health Choice received at least one preventive service from a dentist in FFY 2012.
Source: ncchild.org

Vision Insurance: Medicare Dental and Vision What

Community or Government Common and Vision Care – I’ve seen ads for dental laser centers, ad even mobile dentistry vans, at local arrest centers. Many church or community sponsored centers really should have information on reduced include clinics for seniors, handicapped people, or others with low income. The federal government, suggest, or county may and then for run reduced fee clinics some areas. Your local health insurance and human resources offices absolutely need information. There is help meant for older people, but it’s going to take some digging to dig it.
Source: blogspot.com

Medicare Dental question raised again : Bite Magazine

Despite much discussion about dental care being brought under Medicare over the last decade, the suggestion remains controversial. The Australian Dental Association has consistently voiced opposition to the change. The Australian Greens political party has promoted Medicare coverage for dental care as a key part of its health platform, and Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale re-affirmed that goal when celebrating their agreement on dental reform last year. However, at the time Health Minister Tanya Plibersek was careful not to suggest that a Medicare dental scheme was the next step.
Source: com.au

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