Register TODAY FOR THE NYSOHC ANNUAL MEETING 2017
2017 Annual Meeting
Friday, June 2
Radisson Hotel, Wolf Road, Albany NY
10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
The Federal Landscape: What’s Ahead for New York’s Insurance Programs?
Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Affordable Care Act have been instrumental in reducing the uninsured rate in New York for children and adults and providing oral health and other essential benefits. This session will provide the latest on legislative and administrative actions in Washington that could impact eligibility, benefits and funding for these programs. Learn what you need to know about the federal landscape so you can be engaged and be prepared
Keynote: Mr. Patrick Finnerty, Senior Advisor for Oral Health Programs, DentaQuest. Improving access to oral health services for Medicaid/CHIP children was a hallmark of Patrick’s tenure as Medicaid Director in Virginia. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and symposia regarding Medicaid, CHIP and other health care topics. Patrick will be joinedby key New York advocates to talk about what is at stake for health coverage and provide information on efforts to protect these programs.
New York State Oral Health Program Update
Dr. Dionne Richardson, DDS, MPH, Dental Director, New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health
Need to know what is going on in oral health? You’ll find out here.
NYS Prevention Agenda 2013-18: Progress Toward Becoming the Healthiest State
Sylvia Pirani, MPH, MS, Director, Office of Public Health Practice, NYS Department of Health
Discussions will be underway soon for the next Prevention Agenda. Learn about the progress that has been made and thoughts for the coming version.
· Tele-dentistry Trends and Innovation
· School-Based Oral Health Programs: The Future is Now
A room block is in place, mention the NYS Oral Health Coalition meeting to receive the special rate.
Call for Nominations -Dr. Elmer L. Green Award
Elmer L. Green Public Health Award
Call for 2017 Nominations
Please read the material and criteria below for the Dr. Elmer L. Green Award. To nominate a candidate for this award, please send a short narrative (maximum 1 page) as to the capabilities of the nominee. Please email your nomination to NYSOHC c/o Noreen Myers-Wright, email@example.com
Please put “Elmer Green Award” in the subject line of the email. If the review committee needs additional information, they will contact you. Please submit your nominations by Friday, May 5, 2017, at 6 PM. The Dr. Elmer L. Green Public Health Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Albany, NY on Friday, June 2, 2017.
The Elmer L. Green Public Health Award is presented in memory of the past director of the NY State Bureau of Dental Health. In 1973 he was hired by the NY State Department of Health as a regional public health dentist. Dr. Green was promoted to director of the Bureau of Dental Health in 1985 and served in that capacity until his retirement on April 15, 2010. He will be remembered for his mild manner, his ever present smile and his untiring devotion to oral health.
While director, he developed a program to bring orthodontic care to thousands of children with debilitating malocclusions who could not afford correction. He shepherded this program from its infancy until it was available throughout the state.
After promoting water fluoridation for nearly forty years, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Commissioner of Health, Richard F. Daines MD, in November 2009.Currently over seventy percent of the population of NY State has access to optimum fluoridated municipal water. In 2005 Dr. Green also received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in State Government in recognition of his diligent work to direct public health programs and provide grants to local health departments, community programs and dental services in hospitals and public clinics.
After receiving his doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University, Dr. Green earned a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan. He used these credentials in mentoring the public health residents in Albany and to help supervise their clinical research.
One of his closest colleagues, Dr. Jayanth Kumar, wrote: “For people who had the pleasure of working
with Dr. Green, he was most admired for his knowledge, humility and warmth.” Donna Altshul RDH, BS said “While working with Dr. Green it was evident that he was a very warm, compassionate and sincere person. He was dedicated and passionate about improving oral health in NY State.” Dr. Caswell Evens, Associate Dean, Prevention and Public Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, stated that “Elmer was a gentleman and modest in all things. He led the NY State oral health program for many years, even across numerous leadership changes in the state health department.”
With this award, the New York State Oral Health Coalition wants to recognize individuals who emulate a devotion to promoting oral public health in the same spirit as Dr. Elmer L. Green. The recipient should demonstrate achievement in the field of oral public health and evidence of challenging traditional policy or public health practice to improve oral health in an ongoing, creative and positive manner.
UPDATE.................Community Water Fluoridation
Another Opportunity for the Drinking Water Fluoridation Fund is Coming Soon!
Missed the previous opportunities to apply for grants from the Drinking Water Fluoridation Fund? Start getting your materials together for Round 3.
The New York State Department of Health will release a third round of funding opportunities to support costs related to the construction, installation, repair, replacement, or upgrade of fluoride equipment in drinking water facilities. The funding will be available to counties, cities, towns, or villages that own their public water system.
The opportunities will be posted on Grants Gateway. Watch for an announcement coming soon!
Proud Sponsor of the 2016 Annual Conference
Another Successful Conference
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor DentaQuest, the wonderful presenters, the conference committee and our dedicated and loyal attendees. I received positive feedback from so many of you! I look forward to working with the steering committee in continuing to advocate for the oral health needs of all New Yorkers. The Annual Conference provides an opportunity for networking, education and recognition.
A special CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Dr. Dolores Cottrell, recipient of the Elmer Green Award. Dolores has been a member of the coalition since its inception. Her career in Public Health Dentistry has touched so many!
Enjoy the Summer!!
2016 Annual Conference
Friday, April 15
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY
Networking and Coffee starting at 8:30 AM
Program from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Coming early? Join us at 8:30 am for a facilitated conversation about connecting oral health programs and school nutrition programs.
Nutrition and oral health are natural partners. What is happening in schools? What are some ideas about better ways to make connections? Over a light breakfast, hear a presentation from Sherry Tomasky, Director Public Affairs, Hunger Solutions NY on school food programs and then help share some ideas of how we can expand the dialogue between these important programs in schools.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Dionne Richardson, DDS, MPH
Dental Director, New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health
As New York’s new Dental Director, Dr. Richardson will provide an update on the Department’s oral health programs, policies and initiatives.
New York State eMEDNY, NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, Division of Operations and Systems, will explain the Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment Program reimbursements and current transition to a new Medicaid management system. The New York State Regional Extension Centers, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and New York City Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH), will explain how dentists can obtain services to improve electronic transformation, care coordination, patient engagement, and workflow improvement.
Senior Consultant at New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation. New York State eMEDNY, NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, Division of Operations and Systems.
Senior External Relations Specialist for NYC REACH within the Primary Care Information Project (PCIP), part of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. NYC REACH is the federally designated regional extension center (REC) for NYC.
Roy Gomes, RHIT, CHPS
Implementation Project Manager, New York eHealth Collaborative. Eligible Expansion Program (EP2). NYeC is the federally designated regional extension center (REC) for NYS.
Carol Sloane, RDH
Assistant Dean Allied Education & Director of Clinical Operations, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.
Fred S. Ferguson, D.D.S.
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry. Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.
Mid-Market Area Manager - Public Health at Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Henry Schein, Inc. Dentrix and axiUm Enterprise.
LUNCH, NETWORKING & COALITION BUSINESS
New York’s health system is undergoing an extraordinary period of change from Medicaid Redesign, to the Delivery System Reform and Incentive Program (DSRIP) to Value-Based Payments. Learn about these elements and how they fit together in the State’s plan for health system transformation.
Participate in a conversation with Mr. Allen and the panelists to learn more about the future direction of New York’s health care system.
ADJOURN 3:00 pm
KEYNOTE SPEAKER BIOS
Dr. Dionne Richardson, DDS, MPH
Dental Director, New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health
Prior to joining the New York State Department of Health in January 2016, Dr. Richardson was the dental director for the Mississippi State Department of Health and has more than 20 years of post-doctoral training and experience in the field. Her prior work as a state dental director includes directing a program that is an integral part of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program including programs such as School Based Health Center Sealant programs. Dr. Richardson’s background and experience closely aligns with the direction the Division is taking oral health related to a life course perspective. Dr. Richardson is also a graduate of New York’s Dental Public Health Residency Program.
Mr. Greg Allen
Director, Program Development and Management, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health.
Mr. Allen is responsible for Medicaid services planning and policy in addition to development of new and emerging program areas. Mr. Allen is responsible for managing policy and payment support for all NYS Medicaid’s inpatient, clinic, practitioner and pharmacy services as well as payment policy for mental health, chemical dependence and developmental disabilities services. Mr. Allen and his team have recently been engaged in the NYS Medicaid Redesign process including the statewide roll out of the health home care management program for high need, high cost populations. Mr. Allen also has lead responsibility for managing the state’s recently approved $8B Medicaid Waiver including its centerpiece the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
NYS Oral Health Coalition Elections
Presentation of the Elmer Green Award
--Registration Opens March 7, 2016 --
Hotel: A block of rooms are available until March 23, 2016, $129/night.
To reserve a room visit the Hotel website, www.troy.hgi.com, or call (877) STAY HGI by March 23, 2016, Group Booking Code, OHCA.
Best Wishes Lee...You will be missed!!!
I remember the phone ringing during the Holidays and wondering "why is Lee calling me"? I had an uneasy feeling and knew something was up. Lee called to let me know he was going to have to resign his position as Co-Chair of the NYSOHC. He was offered an opportunity he couldn't refuse, a position in California with a major insurance company to create a state sponsored dental insurance plan for Californians. Right up his alley.
I will miss our conversations. I still include him on some emails so he is kept appraised of the coalitions activities. I am very fortunate to have dedicated colleagues on the executive committee and steering committee always willing to step up. Their support has provided for a smooth transition.
It has been my pleasure serving with Lee and I wish him all the Best in CA!
Water Fluoridation Equipment Grants Now Available
The New York State Department of Health has released two funding opportunities to support counties, cities, towns, or villages (municipalities) that own their public water system, for costs related to the construction, installation, repair, replacement, or upgrade of fluoride equipment in drinking water facilities.
One opportunity supports municipalities with funding up to $50,000 for the planning and implementation of community water fluoridation. Component 1 of this opportunity will pay for development of an engineering report to initiate or maintain water fluoridation. Component 2 will pay for the upgrade, replacement, repair or purchase of equipment to initiate or maintain water fluoridation.
Applications for both components will be accepted on a rolling basis from October 22, 2015 until February 29, 2016. It is anticipated that applications received on or before November 15, 2015 will be reviewed and contracts executed by February 15, 2016. It is anticipated that applications received November 16, 2015–February 29, 2016 will be reviewed by May 1, 2016. Additional details on both components can be found at: Grants Gateway ID: DOH01- DWFC1-2015/ID: DOH01- DWFC2-2015.
The second opportunity is an RFA which will support municipalities seeking between $50,001 and $1 million to upgrade, replace or repair existing water fluoridation equipment or install fluoridation systems in public water systems that have authorized the implementation of fluoridation. An applicant conference for this RFA will be held on November 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm. See the RFA for more information. Applications are being accepted until February 29, 2016. Additional details can be found at: RFA- Grants Gateway # DOH01-DWF3-2015.
Both opportunities are now posted on the NYS Grants Gateway.
The funding for these opportunities was included in the 2015-2016 New York State Budget.
Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Results for Dentists
The Medicaid Eligible Expansion Program (EP2 offered by NYeC) extends the original Medicaid Specialist REC (Regional Extension Center) initiative through Sept. 30, 2016. This program provides outreach, technical, and support services for EHR adoption and for achieving Meaning Use. Unlike the original REC program, which was aimed at primary care physicians, this new extension is open to all eligible Medicaid providers, including specialists. Eligible providers, including dentists, are eligible to receive support from the REC for MU incentives and are now encouraged to enroll in this adoption program. The program will help dentists qualify for up to $63,750 under the Medicaid Incentive Program for the adoption, implementation, and upgrade of a certified EHR and attestation of Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2. To date, over $30 million has been dispersed to 1,500 dentists. To learn more select this Web link: https://www.emedny.org/meipass/index.aspx
Dentists are eligible for the Medicaid Expansion Program (EP2) if they:
· Are enrolled as an active fee-for-service Medicaid provider and are in good standing with NYS
· Billable and payable by Medicaid
· Meet the 30% of patient visit volume as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, dentists can qualify for the first payment of $21,250 by adopting, implementing, and upgrading (AIU) a certified EHR technology in the first year, and $8,500 for demonstrating Meaningful Use of certified EHR technology for each subsequent year.
There is limited space in the program, and dentists will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a qualified dentist and do not already have a certified EHR/DHR in your practice, the time to enroll is now.
Technical Assistant Services Available for Dentists
The following table lists general categories and types of support available for dentists though this grant.
Adoption/Implementation/ Upgrade (AIU)
Assistance in the selection, implementation, or upgrade of a certified electronic health record (EHR) and electronic dental record system (EDR) software system with health information exchange capabilities
Workflow analysis and redesign, Project management, Staff training
Privacy & Security Training
HIPAA Compliancy, Security Risk Analysis
Exchange of health information from an EHR
Access, Training, & Guidance
Interoperability and secure messaging, where applicable
Phases of Achievement
Supporting documentation will be required of the providers to demonstrate achievement of each of these phases:
Enrollment Contact Information - Web link: http://www.nyehealth.org/advisory-services/regional-extension-center-rec-grant-programs/medicaid-eligible-providers-ep2-ehr-adoption-mu/medicaid-eligible-dentists-ehr-adoption-and-mu-support-services/
Name: Steven Russell
Special Thanks to our Presenters for Enhancing our Theme:
State Oral Health Plan and Prevention Agenda Update
Impacting State and Local Level Policies to Prevent Dental Disease in
Young Children: First Year Update
Preparing Dental Students for Community Health Practice &
Teledentistry Expands Student Experiences
Project Stay: Oral Health
Education, Nutrition and Tobacco Cessation Counseling and Facilitating Dental
Clinical Care for Young Adults.
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DentaQuest Provides Support
November 25, 2013 –DentaQuest, a leading oral health company, recently presented a donation to support the work of the New York State Oral Health Coalition as it implements the New York State Oral Health Plan on behalf of all New Yorkers.
The New York State Oral Health Coalition is the only statewide organization to bring the full breadth of health and human services professionals together to develop public health strategies for the people of New York. The Coalition engages dentists, hygienists, and public health professionals with nationally recognized evidence-based practices, emerging New York State policies or grants, and community-based success stories to improve access to care and expand prevention strategies.
(DentaQuest delivers a donation to the New York State Oral Health Coalition. L-R: Dr. Lee Perry, DentaQuest Dental Director, Kristin LaRoche, DentaQuest Government Relations, Mary Ellen Yankosky, NYSOHC Co-Chair and Director, Policy and Advocacy Dental Hygienists' Association of the State of NY, and Kathy Rucinski, DentaQuest Vice President Provider Relations).
We engage dentists, hygienists, and public health
professionals with nationally recognized evidence-based practices, emerging
New York State policies or grants, and community-based success stories to improve access to care and expand population
We are seeking just
$30,000 between now and our Annual Meeting in November to establish the infrastructure for
implementation of our Strategic Plan in the upcoming year. Please consider what your organization, your colleagues, friends,
and family can do to help the New York State Oral Health Coalition sustain its mission.
With your help, we can become the most valuable statewide resource of health professionals seeking to
cost-effectively reduce dental diseases in their communities.
Please donate now!!
A Profile of Active Dentists in New York
This brief describes demographic, educational, and practice
characteristics of actively practicing dentists in New York. Despite the fact
all of the state’s regions are well above the national rate of 55 dentists per 100,000 population, access to basic oral health services in New York is problematic, particularly for Medicaid-insured patients. Download this research brief: nydentist2013.pdf
A Profile of Dental Hygienists in New York
This brief describes the active dental hygienist workforce in New York. The analysis finds that dental hygienists are unevenly distributed across the state, with substantial maldistribution in the counties of New York City. The vast majority of dental hygienists work in private dental practices and nearly half work part time. Download this research brief: nyhygienist2013.pdf
FIRST-EVER SCORECARD EVALUATES HOW WELL STATES’ HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS, FINDS WIDE DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO CARE AND HEALTH CARE QUALITY
repeated evidence that we are often two Americas, divided by income and
geography when it comes to opportunities to lead long and healthy lives.
These are more than numbers,” said Cathy Schoen, Commonwealth Fund Senior
Vice President and lead author of the report. “We are talking about people’s
lives, health, and well-being. Our hope is that state policymakers and health
care leaders use these data to target resources to improve access, care, and
the health of residents with below-average incomes.”
Demonstrating the potential to improve, the report finds that in
top-performing states, low-income people often fared better than the national
average, and even better than higher-income people in the worst-performing
states. On nearly half of the indicators, including potentially preventable
hospitalizations, infant mortality, smoking, and obesity, lower-income or
less-advantaged people in high-performing states did better than
more-advantaged people in low-performing states.
Oral Health News
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its web site
On May 15, 2011, the New York State Medicaid Program Dental Policy and Procedure Manual was released. For more information on this provider manual, Click here for more information on the Dental Manual.
To learn about New York's Medicaid Redesign Team, contact the Team,
The Ad Hoc Group on Local Oral Health Programs for the Association of
The Older Adults Basic Screening Survey Webinar held on January 20th,
The New York State Oral Health Coalition, along with many organizations joined the Coalition for Health Funding and the Committee for Education Funding in support of a sign-on letter, directed to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The letter urged them to provide a 302(b) allocation to the
Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee that protects those important programs against further cuts. The letter reflected nearly 400 signatures representative of
national, regional and state organizations who share the same concerns should further cuts be made to allocations that benefit health and education funding in the United States. For more information, please visit its website at: www.publichealthfunding.org and follow on Twitter @healthfunding