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DentaQuest Announces $390,000 in Bonus Payments to TennCare’s Dental Providers for Care Provided During Pandemic

Nearly double the contracted amount, the payments demonstrate progress and investment in more preventive care for Tennessee children

Reflecting progress toward more preventive, value-based oral health care, DentaQuest, the administrator of TennCare’s dental program, today announced it is distributing approximately $390,000 in direct payments to prevention-focused Medicaid dental providers in the state. The total is roughly twice the originally contracted amount, rewarding the efforts of dentists who focused on minimally invasive preventive care to improve health outcomes for TennCare members.

“TennCare dentists deserve recognition for their efforts to ensure all TennCare children receive the highest quality dental care possible, particularly amid the pandemic,” said Steve Pollock, president and CEO for DentaQuest. “Greater use of minimally invasive procedures reflects a growing move by providers to offer more preventive care services that benefit patients and our overall health system. We are thankful to our provider partners and proud to offer these bonus payments as we continue working to create a healthier future for all Tennessee children.”

The payments are specifically rewarding providers who have used silver diamine fluoride (SDF) and placed sealants on patients ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 14, services clinically proven to stop the progression of tooth decay. In its letter to providers announcing the coming bonus payment, DentaQuest acknowledged and celebrated the tireless work of the dental provider community, which continued to serve thousands of TennCare enrollees throughout the pandemic. These payments will also continue to build upon TennCare and DentaQuest’s commitment to prevention and improved oral health outreach through DentaQuest’s patient-centered dental home initiative.

The bonus payments were sent out earlier this month to approximately 160 providers across the state. The average bonus amount is $2,500.

About DentaQuest

DentaQuest is a purpose-driven oral health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® – our all-in approach to better care, expanded access, value-based financing, and innovative solutions. We manage dental and vision benefits for 30+ million Americans and direct patient care through our network of more than 75 oral health centers in 6 states. We provide outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide. And, we've invested more than $230 million in grants, programs and other corporate citizenship efforts to achieve measurably healthier communities across the country. By advancing prevention-focused oral health, we will achieve better overall health for everyone. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.