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Archived Versions of Pediatric Starter Set

Below are the detailed specifications for the DQA measures. As you implement these measures, we would like your feedback. Please send us information on what worked, challenges you faced, and experiences with these measures. This information will be used as the DQA reviews and updates measure specifications in the future. Please send comments to Diptee Ojha at Ojhad@ada.org. 

General Resources

Why Adopt DQA Measures (PDF)

Measure User Guide (PDF)

Elevated Risk FAQ (PDF)

Utilization of Services

Description: Percentage of all enrolled children under age 21 who received at least one dental service within the reporting. Utilization of Services Specifications (PDF)

Oral Evaluation

Description:Percentage of enrolled children under age 21 who received a comprehensive or periodic oral evaluation within the reporting year. Oral Evaluation Specifications (PDF)

Sealants in 6 – 9 years

Description: Percentage of enrolled children in the age category of 6-9 years at "elevated" risk (i.e., "moderate" or "high") who received a sealant on a permanent first molar tooth within the reporting year. Sealants in 6-9 years Specifications (PDF)

Sealants in 10 – 14 years

Description: Percentage of enrolled children in the age category of 10-14 years at “elevated” risk (i.e., “moderate” or “high”) who received a sealant on a permanent second molar tooth within the reporting year. Sealants in 10-14 years Specifications (PDF)

Topical Fluoride Topical Fluoride for Children at Elevated Caries Risk

Description: Percentage of enrolled children aged 1-21 years who are at “elevated” risk (i.e. “moderate” or “high”) who received at least 2 topical fluoride applications within the reporting year. Topical Fluoride for Children at Elevated Caries Risk Specifications (PDF)

 Ambulatory Care

Description: Number of emergency department (ED) visits for caries-related reasons per 100,000 member months for all enrolled children.  Ambulatory Care Specifications (PDF).   

 Follow-Up After ED Visit 

Description: The percentage of caries-related emergency department visits among children 0 through 20 years in the reporting year for which the member visited a dentist within (a) 7 days and (b) 30 days of the ED visit. Follow-Up After ED Visit Specifications(PDF). 

For internal quality improvement and research purposes (e.g. monitoring trends/changes over time within programs and plans), a variety of additional parameters may be used to obtain information regarding disparities. For example, a measure can be analyzed using a denominator that only includes those who utilize services (utilizers) -- i.e. among those who received a dental service in the reporting year. Data on various measures also can be stratified on certain characteristics of the population (age ranges, race/ethnicity, urban vs. rural locations, etc.) to provide additional information on variations within programs or plans. To obtain detailed specifications for the full set of DQA measures that includes these additional parameters to support research (not endorsed by NQF) access here. You may also obtain detailed specifications for the e-Measures.  

The Dental Quality Alliance acknowledges the support from the American Dental Association Foundation for proving funding [in part] for this project.

The Dental Quality Alliance partnered with the University of Florida Institute for Child Health Policy for this project. Data support for this project was provided by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and DentaQuest.

Programmatic Administrative Measure Effort

The Dental Quality Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of its first fully tested measures set titled "Dental Caries in Children: Prevention and Disease Management."