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CMS to include pediatric measure developed by DQA

Registration is open for conference in May

January 20, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will include a pediatric measure developed by the Dental Quality Alliance in its measurement set on health care quality for children and the ADA will host a DQA conference in May.

The DQA measure Sealants for 6-9 Year-Old Children at Elevated Caries Risk will be included as part of CMS’s 2015 updates to core set of children’s health care quality measures for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Child Core Set and an Adult Core Set are tools that states can use to monitor, improve and report on the quality of health care provided to Medicaid and CHIP enrollees.

“CMS including the DQA’s measure is further testimony that DQA measures and the processes used to develop them are gaining recognition among prominent users of quality measures,” said Dr. James Crall, DQA chair.

The DQA, formed in 2008 through a request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is comprised of more than 30 oral health care stakeholders. It uses a collaborative approach to advance performance measurement as a means to improve oral health, patient care and safety through a consensus-building process.

The 2015 Dental Quality Alliance Conference, The Roles in Quality Management, is scheduled for May 1-2 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago and members are encouraged to apply. The goals of the conference include helping attendees develop a better understanding of how quality measurement and improvement are helping shape oral health care delivery and financing and developing dental quality ambassadors who can help lead change within the profession.

To apply or for more information about the conference, email dqa@ada.org or visit ADA.org.