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Why LTC Facilities Must Provide On-Site Dental Services - Frank Camarda, SeniorDent

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Frank Camarda of SeniorDent, a solution provider at the marcus evans Long-Term Care CXO Summit Fall 2013, on cost efficient ways of providing dental services in LTC facilities. ...

Frank Camarda of SeniorDent, a solution provider at the marcus evans Long-Term Care CXO Summit Fall 2013, on cost efficient ways of providing dental services in LTC facilities.
Interview with: Frank Camarda, President, SeniorDent

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    Why LTC Facilities Must Provide On-Site Dental Services - Frank Camarda, SeniorDent Why LTC Facilities Must Provide On-Site Dental Services - Frank Camarda, SeniorDent Document Transcript

    • Interview with: Frank Camarda, President, SeniorDent Oral health affects so many aspects of a resident’s life, yet funding cutbacks have resulted in the elimination of dental programs for many long-term care (LTC) facilities, says Frank Camarda, President, SeniorDent. Even where programs still exist, the fees paid by Medicaid do not cover the costs involved with transporting patients to a dental facility. The most efficient way would be to provide dental services on- site, Camarda advises. SeniorDent is a solution provider at the marcus evans Long-Term Care CXO Summit Fall 2013 in Palm Beach, Florida, July 25-26. What is challenging LTC facilities today? One of their major issues is cutbacks on the funding for dental services from many government agencies. Most individuals finding themselves in nursing homes are Medicaid recipients, so cutbacks and even the elimination of dental programs is leaving homes unable to get those services paid for. LTC facilities are ending up in a situation where the fees paid by Medicaid do not actually cover the total cost of service, because the patient has to be transported to a dental facility, which involves a lot more cost. An individual usually must accompany the resident, taking the person away from other duties in the facility. Also, they have to find a provider that is willing to accept that resident as a patient. Many of the homes still provide dental services in this inefficient way, when they can have the care brought directly to their facility. Many facilities are trying to be more patient-centric. How would this contribute to that? What is many times lost sight of is how dental health affects the entire well- being of a patient. Although most residents tend to have a number of medical conditions other than being elderly, oral health is more important than many people even imagine, because it can affect so many aspects of their life. This is more than just about a toothache. It is about their ability to get nourishment, avoid infections, etc. They need to have good oral health services on a scheduled basis. Could this attract more residents? Yes. In the end it is another service that they may be able to provide that another facility may not be offering. It would be a marketing advantage for a facility to have on-site availability of dental services in its array of services. Any service they have in-house, be it dental, podiatry or vision, enhances the image of the home and its ability to provide all the services a resident may require. At the end of the day, if a nursing home wants to be the facility of choice, they need to offer something more. So they need to review what services they have available and how it compares to the facility next door. More and more people entering nursing facilities today have a higher dental IQ than in the past. As a result they are expecting that type of service to be available to them at the home where they decide to spend their declining years. With all the cost reductions and budget cuts going on, facilities must consider all avenues for preserving these services. If nursing homes want to keep their beds full, they must keep residents healthy Why LTC Facilities Must Provide On-Site Dental Services
    • marcus evans Summits deliver peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional t r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g h innovations. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About the Long-Term Care CXO Summit Fall 2013 This unique forum will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Florida, July 25-26, 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. www.longtermcaresummit.com Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com About SeniorDent Senior Dent is an underwriter of dental insurance plans designed for long term care residents. Services are delivered using a portable dental system. The scope of plan benefits provides residents with almost all of their dental care needs. The funding of these plans is such that there is no additional cost to the residents or facility in which they reside. www.srdent.com About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.com Upcoming Events National Healthcare CFO Summit - www.nhcfosummit.com National Healthcare CNO Summit - www.nhcnosummit.com National Healthcare CXO Summit - www.nhcxosummit.com To view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.longtermcaresummit.com/FrankCamarda