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DQA Announcements


The Dental Quality Alliance is seeking comments on the DQA Adult Dental Quality Measures. The purpose of this interim report is to inform and seek feedback from all stakeholders on the validation testing for adult oral healthcare performance measures. Please send comments to dqa@ada.org by Oct. 31, 2016.  For Comments:  DQA Adult Dental Quality Measures (PDF)

The DQA would like to extend their appreciation to the following individuals on the research team that facilitated the testing. 

  • JoAnna Scott, PhD, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Pradeep Bhagavatula, BDS, MPH, MS Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Services, Marquette University
  • Donald L. Chi, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington

This project would not have been possible without the numerous hours contributed by members of the DQA’s Measure Development and Maintenance Committee. 

  • Craig W. Amundson, DDS, General Dentist, HealthPartners, National Association of Dental Plans.  Dr. Amundson serves as chair for the Committee.
  • Michael R. Breault, DDS, Periodontist, Chair, Dental Quality Alliance
  • Mark Casey, DDS, MPH, Dental Director, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medical Assistance
  • James J. Crall, DDS, ScD, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Professor & Chair, Division of Public Health & Community Dentistry and Director, National Oral Health Policy Center at UCLA 
  • Frederick Eichmiller, DDS, Vice President & Science Officer, Delta Dental of Wisconsin
  • Chris Farrell, RDH, BSDH, MPA, Oral Health Program Director, Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Todd Marshall, DDS, MBA, General Dentist, Park Dental Brookpark, ADA/ Council on Dental Practice
  • Marie Schweinebraten, DMD, Periodontist, Chair, DQA Education Committee, Chair-elect, Dental Quality Alliance
  • Matthew Vaillant, DDS, General Dentist, Vaillant Family Dental, ADA/ Council on Dental Benefit Program
  • Jill Herndon, PhD, Methodologist, DQA

This project was supported with a generous grant from the ADA Foundation which provided funding [in part] for this project.  

Other Announcements

  • Program Level Measures:  2017 version of User Guide and Measure Specifications now available: The DQA undertakes an annual review of all its measures. The 2017 versions of all DQA approved measures, their specification and the user guide are available under Medicaid and Dental Plan Assessments.

  • Practice Level Measures: The DQA is actively looking at developing measures for practice level assessments. Visit Measures: Practice Assessments page for more information.

  • Risk Adjustment in Dental Measures: A discussion guide: The DQA released a discussion paper on the concept of “Risk Adjustment”. Don’t forget to review and please send comments to dqa@ada.org.

  • Technical Assistance to DQA Measures Implementers: In an effort to facilitate implementation of the DQA measures, the DQA provides technical assistance (TA) to users of DQA measures. If you would like more information on this, please contact the DQA Staff at dqa@ada.org.

  • The next DQA meeting will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Future meetings are scheduled for June 16 and Nov. 10, 2017.  If you wish to observe at any of these meetings, please contact DQA Staff at 312.440.7649 or via email at dqa@ada.org.

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