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ADA Health Policy Institute

Research Briefs

The Health Policy Institute publishes Research Briefs on critical policy issues. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent publication.

  • Number of Practicing Dentists per Capita in the United States Will Grow Steadily (June 2016)
  • An Analysis of Dental Spending Among Adults with Private Dental Benefits (May 2016)
  • Considering Large Group Practices as a Vehicle for Consolidation in Dentistry (April 2016)
  • Physicians Dissatisfied with Current Referral Process to Dentists (March 2016)
  • The Per-Patient Cost of Dental Care, 2013: A Look Under the Hood (March 2016)
  • An Analysis of Dental Spending Among Children with Private Dental Benefits (March 2016)
  • Estimating the Cost of Introducing a Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit in 22 States (March 2016)
  • Dental Care Within Accountable Care Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities (March 2016)
  • Emergency Department Visits for Dental Conditions Fell in 2013 (February 2016)
  • General Practitioner Dentist Earnings Down Slightly in 2014 (December 2015)
  • Methodology for Developing the Health Policy Institute Index Measures of Oral Health Status, Oral Health Knowledge, and Attitude Toward Oral Health
  • U.S. Dental Spending Continues to Be Flat (December 2015)
  • Dental Care Utilization Rate Continues to Increase among Children Holds Steady among Working-Age Adults and the Elderly (October 2015)
  • Dental Benefits Coverage Rates Increased for Children and Young Adults in 2013 (October 2015)
  • Cost Barriers to Dental Care Continue to Decline Particularly Among Young Adults and the Poor (October 2015)
  • Gap in Dental Care Utilization Between Medicaid and Privately Insured Children Narrows, Remains Large for Adults (September 2015)
  • Job Satisfaction among Dentists Varies by Type of Large Group Practice Setting (August 2015)
  • Very Large Dental Practices Seeing Significant Growth in Market Share (August 2015)
  • Dental Care in Accountable Care Organizations: Insights from 5 Case Studies (June 2015)
  • Including Child Dental Benefits in Medical Plans in California Had Limited Impact on Premiums (May 2015)
  • Early Insights on Dental Care Services in Accountable Care Organizations (April 2015)
  • Emergency Department Use for Dental Conditions Continues to Increase (April 2015)
  • More Dental Benefits Options in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplaces (February 2015)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Spending Projections for Dental Care Less Accurate Than for Other Health Care Spending Components (January 2015)
  • No Growth in U.S. Dental Spending in 2013 (December 2014)
  • Dentist Earnings Not Recovering with Economic Growth (December 2014)
  • Medicaid Market for Dental Care Poised for Major Growth in Many States (December 2014)
  • Are Medicaid and Private Dental Insurance Payment Rates for Pediatric Dental Care Keeping up with Inflation? (December 2014)
  • Why Adults Forgo Dental Care: Evidence from a New National Survey (November 2014)
  • Diverting Emergency Department Dental Visits Could Save Maryland's Medicaid Program $4 Million per Year (November 2014)
  • Supply of Dentists in the United States is Likely to Grow (October 2014)
  • Most Important Barriers to Dental Care Are Financial, Not Supply Related (October 2014)
  • A Ten-Year, State-by-State, Analysis of Medicaid Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Rates for Dental Care Services (October 2014)
  • Dental Care Utilization Rate Highest Ever among Children, Continues to Decline among Working-Age Adults (October 2014)
  • Dental Benefits Expanded for Children, Young Adults in 2012 (October 2014)
  • Fewer Americans Forgoing Dental Care Due to Cost (October 2014)
  • Key Differences in Dental Care Seeking Behavior between Medicaid and Non-Medicaid Adults and Children (August 2014)
  • Young Adults Most Likely Age Group to Purchase Dental Benefits in Health Insurance Marketplaces (August 2014)
  • Key Insights on Dental Insurance Decisions Following the Rollout of the Affordable Care Act (August 2014)
  • Majority of Dental-Related Emergency Department Visits Lack Urgency and Can Be Diverted to Dental Offices (August 2014)
  • Update: Take-up of Pediatric Dental Benefits in Health Insurance Marketplaces Still Limited (May 2014)
  • Lack of True Mandate for Pediatric Dental Benefits Limits Take-Up of Coverage, Early Enrollment Data Suggest (April 2014)
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces Offer a Variety of Dental Benefit Options, but Information Availability is an Issue (March 2014)
  • A Proposed Classification of Dental Group Practices (February 2014)
  • More than 8 Million Adults Could Gain Dental Benefits through Medicaid Expansion (February 2014)
  • U.S Dental Spending Remains Flat Through 2012 (January 2014)
  • Dental Care Use among Children Varies Widely across States and between Medicaid and Commercial Plans within a State (October 2013)
  • Despite Economic Recovery, Dentist Earnings Remain Flat (October 2013)
  • Dental Benefits Continue to Expand for Children, Remain Stable for Working-Age Adults (October 2013)
  • Dental Care Utilization Continues to Decline among Working-Age Adults, Increased among the Elderly, Stable among Children (October 2013)
  • Financial Barriers to Dental Care Declining after a Decade of Steady Increase (October 2013)
  • Dental Expenditure Expected to Grow at a Much Lower Rate in the Coming Years (August 2013)
  • Dental-Related Emergency Department Visits on the Increase in the United States (May 2013)
  • Affordable Care Act Expands Dental Benefits for Children But Does Not Address Critical Access to Dental Care Issues (April 2013)
  • Accountable Care Organizations Present Key Opportunities for the Dental Profession (April 2013)
  • Dental Benefits to Expand for Children, Likely Decrease for Adults in Coming Years (April 2013)
  • Dental Practice Expenses Much Higher When Owner Salaries Accounted For (March 2013)
  • Per-patient Dental Expenditure Rising, Driven by Baby Boomers (March 2013)
  • National Dental Expenditure Flat Since 2008, Began to Slow in 2002 (March 2013)
  • Dental Care Utilization Declined among Low-income Adults, Increased among Low-income Children in Most States from 2000 to 2010 (February 2013)
  • Dental Care Utilization Declined for Adults, Increased for Children during the Past Decade in the United States (February 2013)
  • Dentist Income Levels Slow to Recover (February 2013)