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Dental Access Now! Bringing Quality Dental Care to Every Community in Ohio

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Good oral health is essential to overall health, but dental care remains the number one unmet health need for children and low-income adults in Ohio. The consequences of not having adequate dental care can be severe, including missing work or school, living with chronic pain, or even developing life-threatening infections. Webinar speakers explore how Ohio can bring affordable, high-quality oral health care to underserved communities across the state.

Speakers include:
- David Maywhoor, Project Director, Dental Access Now!
- Dr. Edward Sterling, DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Dr. Larry Hill, DDS, MPH, President, American Association for Community Dental Programs

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Dental Access Now! Bringing Quality Dental Care to Every Community in Ohio

  1. 1. Dental Access Now! Bringing Quality Dental Care to Every Community in Ohio
  2. 2. a statewide coalition of over 480 organizations and thousands of individual advocates. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is…
  3. 3. Ohio should be a great place for ALL Ohioans to live and work. Participate in the economy Be healthy and sa fe Afford the basic s
  4. 4. Advocate with us! • You’ll receive a follow-up email from this webinar • Look for “Act Now” email alerts, webinar invitations, and new resources • Unsubscribe at any time
  5. 5. Webinar Presenters David Maywhoor Project Director Dental Access Now! Dr. Edward Sterling, DDS Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Larry Hill, DDS, MPH President American Association for Community Dental Programs
  6. 6. + Uniquely Ohio Solutions to Ohio’s Dental Care Crisis Advocates for Ohio’s Future November 16, 2016 Access to Dental Care in Ohio and New Workforce Models
  7. 7. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. UHCAN Ohio We are a statewide consumer oriented, advocacy organization working for high quality and affordable health care for all Ohioans. Improving dental access is critical to improving overall health care delivery.
  8. 8. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Dental Access Now! has been Listening and Planning • What’s working • What needs fixed • New ideas
  9. 9. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. What’s Happening in Ohio Ohio’s Dentist Loan Repayment (ODLR) Program As of June 2016, 8 dentists have contracts with the ODLR program. Doubling the program will—at best—place a handful of dentists in underserved areas.
  10. 10. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. What’s Happening in Ohio According to the Ohio State Dental Board, as of August 18, 2016 there were: 7,088 Dentists (FY 2015 – 7,351) 8,377 Dental Hygienists (FY 2015 – 8,471) August 18, 2016 Oral Health Access Supervision Permit Holders: Dentists – 31 (FY2015 – 37) Dental Hygienists – 98 (FY 2015 – 92)
  11. 11. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. What’s Happening in Ohio According to the Ohio Department of Health dentists who take Medicaid patients: • In SFY 2012, 2,226 dentists submitted at least 1 claim for a patient covered by Medicaid  Only 35.6% of dentists see at least 1 patient covered by Medicaid, only 15.8% of dentists see a substantial number of patients covered by Medicaid Dental OPTIONS program: 12,000 patients in a 20 year span In 2016 ODH reported that 950 dentists participated with a wait list of over 800 patients needing care.
  12. 12. Ohio’s Dental Professional Shortage  There are 85 federally designated dental health professional shortage areas in Ohio up from 59 in 2011.  More than 1.5 million Ohioans live in these shortage areas.  More than 4 million children and adult Ohioans lack dental coverage. Source ODH 2016
  13. 13. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Ohio Consumers Say… Lack of transportation More people using Emergency Rooms for dental care Shortage of Medicaid providers Long wait lists for OPTIONS Free care days do not create routine dentist patient relationships
  14. 14. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Ohio Dentists Say… • Medicaid rates are too low • People won’t take care of their own teeth • People won’t show up for appointments • Not a shortage, but a maldistribution of dentists • Loan repayment is working • Dentist give plenty of free care
  15. 15. Increased Medicaid reimbursement rates Fewer bureaucratic barriers Lifting restrictions on Dental Hygienists More emphasis on preventive oral self care Expanding the dental workforce to include new types of providers For her to grow up with a healthy smile we need…
  16. 16. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. The Dental Therapist Model The dental therapist is a proven professional, working as part of the dentist led team, who is trained to work under the remote supervision of a dentist, providing some preventive dental services, fillings, and some non-surgical extractions.
  17. 17. Recruitment Candidates are recruited with a commitment to return to their community to work in the dental field. We are looking for people who can be change agents, who recognize that many folks have gone without dental care for generations.
  18. 18. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Education • The dental therapist will be a graduate of a Commission on Dental Accreditation approved education program. • CODA Standard 2 –Educational Program: The dental therapy program curriculum must be at least three academic years of full- time instruction at post-secondary level.
  19. 19. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Education and Preceptorship • Intensive classroom and clinical education. • Hands-on clinical training under direct supervision of dentist will allow the dental therapist to treat at least 150 patients by their graduation. • After licensure, 400 hour preceptorship directly supervised by a licensed dentist.
  20. 20. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Licensure The dental therapist and dental hygienist therapist will be licensed by the Ohio Dental Board, just like dentists and dental hygienists.
  21. 21. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Supervision • During Education – Direct Supervision • During 400 Hour Preceptorship – Direct Supervision • After Standing Orders have been developed – Remote Supervision • Remote supervision allows the dental therapist or dental hygiene therapist to work in a setting without the dentist being present, using telemedicine to communicate with the dentist about patient care.
  22. 22. A little on Minnesota Dental Therapist Program  At August 2016 there were 64 dental therapists  26 were Advanced Dental Therapists Workforce questionnaire completed by MN Department of Health November and December 2015. 43 out of 53 licensed dental therapists responded.
  23. 23. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Conclusions and Recommendations • Dental therapy workforce is growing, fulfilling statutory intent serving uninsured and underserved patients. • Clinics are able to decrease wait and travel time for some patients which increases access. • Dental therapists are practicing safely and clinics are reporting improved quality and high patient satisfaction with their services. • Benefits: cost savings, increased productivity, improved patient satisfaction and lower appointment fail rates.
  24. 24. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Financial Viability – Private Practice • In January 2012, Dr. John Powers of Main Street Dental Care in Montevideo, Minnesota became the first private practice dentist in the United States to hire a dental therapist. • His practice’s share of Medicaid patients increased from 26 to 39 percent and new patients increased by 38 percent. • His practice’s profits increased by $23,831. • His practice increased production by almost $300,000 and collections by $115,000. The Pew Charitable Trusts. (2014). Expanding the dental team: Studies of two private practices.
  25. 25. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Financial Viability of the Dental Therapist – Children’s Dental Services - MN • Employing dental therapists for $45 an hour compared to dentists at $75 an hour has allowed Children’s Dental Services to maintain and expand services in the face of declining Medicaid reimbursement rates. • Each full time dental therapist saves Children’s Dental Services $1,200 a week, or $62,400 a year. Those savings are reinvested into the program and help to keep the doors open. • The dental therapists improve communications among the dental team and free up dentists to focus on more complex procedures.
  26. 26. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Senate Bill 330 What It Does Dental Hygienists SB330 will expand the reach of Dental Hygienists so they are able to provide their services to the full extent of their education, training and licensure under general supervision of the dentist.
  27. 27. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. SB330 What It Does Dental Therapist SB330 will add a proven provider to the dentist-led team. A dental therapist is educated and specially trained in a limited number of restorative and preventive procedures including filling cavities. By allowing dental therapists to perform a small number of routine services, dentists are freed up to focus on more complex cases or patients with multiple needs.
  28. 28. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. SB330 What It Does Dental Hygienist Therapist While we have a shortage of dentists, the same is not true for dental hygienists. With SB330 dental hygienists will be able to take additional education and be licensed to practice as a hygienist and a dental therapist. CODA Standards creates advanced standing for the dental hygienist
  29. 29. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. SB330 what it does Puts Providers Where They Are Needed Most. With SB330 we ensure that the new providers are working in communities with the greatest need. Dental therapists would be limited to dental health professional shortage areas and with dentists who have 20 percent or more of their patient caseload from the Medicaid population.
  30. 30. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Why is this a good approach for OHIO? • Care is more accessible to those who need it most. • Reduce cost to Hospital ED’s • More providers whose cultural experiences match people in need of care. • Strengthens the safety-net
  31. 31. UHCAN Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization working for high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all Ohioans. Next Steps • Please endorse the project. • Support passage of SB330, which changes Dental Scope of Practice permitting Dental Therapists and Dental Hygiene Therapists to practice in underserved areas of Ohio.
  32. 32. Contact Information David Maywhoor, Project Director dmaywhoor@uhcanohio.org 614-456-0060 Ext. 225 614-738-0100 (cell)
  33. 33. • You’ll receive a follow-up email with links to video, slides and resources. • Share information and help others become advocates: • @DentalAccessNow • Facebook.com/DentalAccessNow.Ohio • @Advocates4OH • Facebook.com/advocatesforohio Next Steps
  34. 34. Thank you for joining us today! Please consider making a donation to help us offer more great webinars and info to advocates like you.

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