Disclaimer: The information and views presented here are strictly informational and should not be construed as the position of all NYSOHC organizational members.
News and Reports from the National Network for Oral Health Awareness (NNOHA):
Attached is a link to the NNOHA white paper on Meaningful Use Incentives and EDR/EHR selection.
NEW!! Ver. 2 - "Guide to the Future: A Strategic Roadmap to Achieving Meaningful Use Objectives and Selecting an Integrated Electronic Dental Record (EDR)/Electronic Health Record (EHR) System to Improve Oral Health Access and Outcomes" NNOHA developed this white paper to present a strategic roadmap for achieving Meaningful Use for oral health and to provide critical steps that need to be taken to implement an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system that fully integrates Electronic Dental Records (EDR). This white paper will help oral health providers, staff, and patients understand the benefits of Meaningful Use incentives and serve as a guide to selecting an Electronic Dental and Health Record system.
Attached is a link to the Diagnostic Coding Survey results:
The NNOHA EDR/EHR selection tool is a multistep process that will guide members and other interested stakeholders in evaluating and selecting an EDR/EHR for oral health programs and assist dentists, or eligible professionals (EP), in determining eligibility for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.
· STEP 1 - Eligible Provider Assessment: The NNOHA selection tool starts with guiding the dentist through a series of questions to determine eligibility for EDR/EHR incentive payments and financial impact.
· STEP 2 - Vendor Selection Spreadsheet: The guide includes key criteria to identify which EDR/EHR systems can achieve interoperability between EDR and EHR systems, meet national Meaningful Use objectives and are capable of reporting NNOHA's proposed clinical quality measures for oral health.
· Electronic Medical and Dental Record Integration Options – These documents explain the varying levels of integration among different EMR/EDR configurations. (June 2012).
o Chart Version
o Powerpoint Version (PPT) (PDF)
Accessing Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Payments – A step-by-step quick start guide for dental providers on how to access and receive Meaningful Use EHR incentive payments. (June 2012)
o Diagnostic Codes in Health Center/Safety-Net Oral Health Programs: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters – Based on the recommendations from NNOHA's discussion on diagnostic codes in 2011, NNOHA, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the DentaQuest Institute, conducted an environmental scan to assess the knowledge base and current scope of usage of diagnostic codes in June 2012. This report highlights findings of the scan. (July 2012)
o Summary Document - "Diagnostic Codes." This summary document provides a synopsis of NNOHA's 2011 discussion on diagnostic codes with partners and the next steps that were identified. (August 2011)
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) recently partnered with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center (NOHPC) to develop a policy brief that looks at the implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dental provisions and the specific opportunities to address the oral health of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The report,Opportunities in Health Care Reform: Addressing the Oral Health of Children with Special Health Care Needs, addresses insurance reform provisions such as the essential benefits package and suggests how the package can be made responsive to the special dental needs of CSHCN. The brief also suggests how ACA infrastructure improvements can improve access to care for CSHCN.
Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: The Role of Workforce. American Dental Association (2011)
Local Oral Health Programs and Best Practices – Voices from the Field: The End-Users’ Perspective. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (2011)
Healthy People 2020 Summary of Objectives: Oral Health. United States Department of Health and Human Services (2010)
The State Oral Health Policy Comparison Tool. Children’s Dental Health Project (2010)
Summary Report: Synopses for State Dental Public Health Programs. Data for FY 2008 – 2009. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (2010)
Improving Access to Prenatal Oral Health Care: Strategies and Considerations for Health Plans. July 2010 Issue Brief, National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation and Children’s Dental Health Project (2010)
Washington’s ABCD Program: Improving Dental Care for Medicaid-Insured Children. The Pew Center on the States (2010)
Integrating Oral Health into School Health Programs and Policies. California School Boards Association and the Dental Health Foundation (2010)
An Electronic Compendium of Resources for Building Oral Health Coalitions. DentaQuest Foundation (2010)
Children’s Oral Health Benefits. ‘Chip Tips’ Issue Brief, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (2010)
Best Practice Approach: Prevention and Control of Early Childhood Tooth Decay. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (2010)
Best Practice Approach: Improving Children’s Oral Health Through Coordinated School Health Programs. Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (2010)
Reimbursing Medical Providers for Preventive Oral Health Services: State Policy Options. National Academy for State Health Policy (2010)
Reimbursing Physicians for Fluoride Varnish: A Cost-Effective Solution to Improving Access. The Pew Center on the States (2009)
Training New Dental Health Providers in the U.S. W. K. Kellogg Foundation (2009)
Engaging Primary Care Medical Providers in Children’s Oral Health. National Academy for State Health Policy (2009)
MEDICAID: State and Federal Actions Have Been Taken to Improve Children’s Access to Dental Services, but Gaps Remain. United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters (2009)
The U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade: Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2009)
The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (2009)
Oral Health in America. Office of the Surgeon General (2001)