A Vision for Oral Health System of 2023
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A new report, A Vision for the U.S. Oral Health System for 2023 from the National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee* offers a roadmap and vision for an oral health care system that is efficient, effective, and which meets the needs of all populations. Copies of the report are available online.
The Vision for the U.S. Oral Health System for 2023 builds on ideas outlined in Oral Health Quality Improvement in an Era of Accountability (2012) to capitalize on opportunities and overcome known barriers in the oral healthcare system. The Vision embraces the triple aim goals of improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care. It also recognizes the transition underway in healthcare payment systems from volume (fee for service, visits, enrollees) to value (health care outcomes and value for patients) and considers the essential interplay of patients with medical, behavioral and social resources in managing their own disease. The ultimate goal is an environment where everyone has the ability and opportunity to be free from active oral disease and maintain good oral health.
The Roadmap offers high level activities related to accomplishing the 2023 Vision with an emphasis on seven areas:
- Coverage -- Public and Private --Across the Age and Income Spectrum
- Adoption of Chronic Disease Management Approaches
- Family- and Community-level Health Promotion
- Low-cost, Prevention -oriented Community-based Oral Healthcare Delivery
- Payment and Incentives based on Health Outcomes
- Public Understanding of the Importance of Oral Health, and
- Networks of Care Providers Cooperating to Improve Oral Health Outcomes.
“This is a time of change and accountability across healthcare,” says Committee Chair Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA, director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and a member of the DentaQuest Institute Board of Directors. “We took this as an opportunity to focus on oral healthcare delivery. This Committee identified seven areas where, with targeted efforts from practitioners and advocates, significant improvements could be accomplished within a three to four year period. And that would take our industry a long way toward realizing the 2023 Vision.”
*About The National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee
In January 2012, the DentaQuest Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted leaders across the health professions for a dialogue on utilizing a quality improvement framework for ensuring that all people in the United States have access to quality oral health care. Following that meeting, the DentaQuest Institute formed a National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee with leaders from the dental profession, dental education, medicine, government, financing, philanthropy, quality improvement, and consumer advocacy to continue this dialogue and develop a “Ten Year Roadmap to Improve the Oral Health of All.” Through meetings convened by the DentaQuest Institute since then, the Committee developed a vision and a set of recommended strategies to move the current system toward the 2023 Vision.
Strategies for achieving the 2023 Vision apply the tools of quality and accountability to dental care delivery to address persistent oral health disparities within segments of the U.S. population. More than a decade ago, the U.S. Surgeon General called national attention to the silent epidemic of oral disease in concentrated segments of the U.S. population. Subsequent studies over the past decade show the same groups continue to experience significant challenges in taking advantage of the oral healthcare delivery system.
Equally important are the report’s suggestions to prepare the dental care professional to respond to the greater levels of accountability that are being required of all healthcare providers as a result of health reforms and the national focus on the triple aim.
The DentaQuest Institute (dentaquestinstitute.org), a not-for-profit organization focused on improving efficiency, effectiveness and quality in dental care, has been interested in advancing the U.S. oral health system through the use of quality improvement tools for some time. In 2011, the Institute co-sponsored the report, Oral Health Quality Improvement in the Era of Accountability, which highlighted opportunities in this area. This report was followed by a national conference where a broad stakeholder coalition discussed the implications of this report.
Through its work to align clinical practice with science-based research, the DentaQuest Institute is helping oral health professionals find new ways to partner with patients to prevent and manage oral diseases. This work ensures patients get the right care, at the right time, with the right outcome.
About Dr. Paul Glassman
Dr. Glassman is Professor of Dental Practice and Director of Community Oral Health at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dr. Glassman prepared the multi-contributor report, Oral Health Quality Improvement in an Era of Accountability (PDF).
For more information about the report and roadmap, contact Palmer Corson, Managing Director DentaQuest Institute at 508-329-2280.
The DentaQuest Institute is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving efficiency, effectiveness and quality in dental care. Through its work to align clinical practice with science-based research, the DentaQuest Institute is helping oral health professionals find new ways to partner with patients to prevent and manage oral diseases. This work ensures patients get the right care, at the right time, with the right outcome. The DentaQuest Institute is an affiliate of DentaQuest, a leading U.S. oral health enterprise.