23
June
2016
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03:00 PM
America/New_York

DentaQuest Partners with MassHealth to Improve Oral Health Care in Massachusetts

Commitment remains to increase access to needed care and education

DentaQuest – the largest and most experienced Medicaid dental benefits administrator in the country – is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with MassHealth to manage the dental benefits of Massachusetts’ Medicaid recipients. Following a competitive bidding process, DentaQuest is excited to get to work implementing new programs to improve outcomes and lower costs for Massachusetts.

Already over the course of the relationship, DentaQuest and MassHealth have seen a number of successes, including:

  • Increasing utilization of dental services among children from 37.7 percent in 2006 to 54 percent in 2015, 17 percent above the national average;
  • Enhancing utilization of preventive dental services among children, the key to good oral health and costly urgent dental care avoidance, from 33.6 percent in 2006 to 50 percent in 2015;
  • Nearly doubling access points for care between 2007 and today; and
  • Beginning a pilot to reroute non-emergency dental care from emergency departments and educate patients on the importance of preventive care and finding a dental home.

 “We look forward to a continued relationship with MassHealth as we partner to address oral health challenges in our state,” said Steve Pollock, president and CEO of DentaQuest. “We will work together with the oral health community to prioritize preventive care and oral health education. We are also excited to expand our program to reroute dental care from emergency departments and connect people with a dental home, with the goal of improving the oral health of vulnerable populations in Massachusetts.”

For more information about this announcement and DentaQuest, please visit www.dentaquest.com.
 

About the DentaQuest Institute

DentaQuest, a leading U.S. oral health enterprise, is a family of affiliates which includes a dental benefits administrator, a national philanthropy focused on oral health, an oral health quality improvement research institute and a care delivery organization. We all share a common mission of improving the oral health of all. DentaQuest Care Group is dedicated to developing, managing and improving systems for the delivery of quality health communities.