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Policy Center Updates

September 2016 Volume LI Number 5

Caries, Calories, and Kids: AAPD Members Share Their Insights in National Survey
More than 25 percent of AAPD members responded to a national survey conducted by the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center (POHRPC) to share their per- spectives on nutritional and obesity concerns with their patients. Funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Founda- tion, the survey was designed to discover the attitudes, skills and practices of pediatric dentists related to reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in patients ages 0–12 and preventing childhood obesity. The results of the survey project will be presented at a meeting of oral health shareholders on Nov. 3 – 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

New Technical Briefs on the Horizon
Topic ideas proposed for new technical briefs produced through the POHRPC focus on increasing the effectiveness of Medicaid/ CHIP programs in funding vital oral health care services for children.

Top Ten Things Medicaid Can Do to Improve Oral Health Access for Children
Targeted for policy makers, public policy advocates and public insurance program providers, this brief will provide a series of succinct recommendations on critical changes and oral care priorities for Medicaid and CHIP programs to improve access to care for children.

Medicaid 101 for Pediatric Dentists and Staff

If you are a new pediatric dentist, a pediatric dentist new to Medicaid – or both – this technical brief will serve as a Medicaid 101 toolkit for your practice. It will cover such practical concerns as how to get started, complete the credentialing process, and negotiate managed care contracts. Plus, it will offer no-nonsense answers to common ques- tions about how to appropriately administer Medicaid.

State Medicaid Coverage of Selected Procedures

State Medicaid and other public pro- grams vary a great deal in terms of what pediatric dental procedures are covered, by how much, and under which circumstances. This technical brief will identify the pediatric dental procedures most essential for coverage, catalog the coverage of these procedures by state, and specify problem areas of coverage for oral health services.

Medical Necessity and Documentation of Oral Health Services
This brief will define what constitutes medical necessity and delineate how medical necessity should be documented in terms of supporting materials for dental procedures. Potential topics to be featured include the effects of prior authorization on Medic- aid coverage and reimbursement, and the importance of a high level of oral care on the overall function and total quality of life for children.

Meeting Representation Builds Visibility for Pediatric Dental Issues

DENTAQUEST ORAL HEALTH REGIONAL NETWORK GATHERING
June 20-21,2016
Chicago, Ill.

Mrs. Leola Royston attended this regional convening. Key and critical stakeholders were brought together to build alignment across the four regions on the Oral Health 2020 Vi- sion, Goals, and Targets; shared learning op- portunities to support Oral Health 2020 were provided; and state and regional action plans for rolling out the vision were developed.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATORS
Aug. 8-11, 2016
Chicago, Ill.

Selected AAPD members and staff had the opportunity to reach out to legislators and legislative aides from nearly every state through the exhibit booth and relevant AAPD advocacy resources and materials.

Upcoming Meetings for POHRPC Outreach


AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
Oct. 22-25, 2016
San Francisco, Calif.

NATIONAL NETWORK OF ORAL HEALTH ACCESS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Nov. 6-9, 2016
Denver, Colo.

SOCIETY OF TEACHERS OF FAMILY MEDICINE, CONFERENCE ON PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT
Dec. 1-4, 2016
Newport Beach, Calif.

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