Research and Resources
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first ever Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard, a central component of the Administration’s commitment to modernize the Medicaid and CHIP program through greater transparency and accountability for the program’s administration and outcomes.
The metrics included in the first Scorecard reflect important health issues such as well child visits, mental health conditions, children’s preventive dental services, and other chronic health conditions. The Scorecard also includes new federal and state accountability measures.
Click here to view the Scorecard
NCHS Data Brief
No. 307, April 2018
Prevalence of Total and Untreated Dental Caries Among Youth: United States, 2015–2016
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have released the Results First Clearinghouse Database, an online resource that brings together information on the effectiveness of social policy programs from nine national clearinghouses. It applies color-coding to the clearinghouses’ distinct rating systems, creating a common language that enables users to quickly see where each program falls on a spectrum from negative impact to positive impact. As such, this database can help users easily access and understand the evidence base for a variety of programs. The database currently includes information on 2,867 programs and was last updated on July 4, 2018. For more information click here.
A new dental care model, pioneered by Advantage Dental, provides high quality oral care to Medicaid recipients at 21% less than the national average by focusing on prevention. How does it work and can other states follow? Read more.
The Future of Payment for Dental Care examines the literature on dental reimbursement methods, with emphasis on paying for value (e.g., health care outcomes) rather than procedure. The report makes recommendations that would facilitate the expansion of access to dental care for those most in need and improve the oral health of the US population.
Check out the latest newsletter from the National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center.
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center has recently published the results of an environmental scan examining medical-dental integration in public health settings. Click here to view the report.
Read the Center for Health Care Strategies' (CHCS) recent blog post, Getting to the Root of the Problem: Reducing Overuse of Opioids for Oral Pain. This piece offers six opportunities for Medicaid and public health agencies to address oral health-based drivers of opioid abuse and promote safe prescribing by providers.