Health Policy Institute staff are routinely invited to give presentations on the changing dental care landscape and the latest findings from HPI’s comprehensive research agenda. A listing of some of the most in-demand presentations is given below. Please contact the Health Policy Institute to book a presentation or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. The presentation can be customized to meet your groups’ needs.
Dentistry at a Crossroads (60 min or 90 min)
Tectonic forces are bringing rapid change to dentistry. Utilization of dental care is down among adults and up among children – and not because of the recession. New models of dental care delivery are emerging. Dental school tuition and student debt loads are at an all-time high. Continued fiscal pressure within state budgets is increasing cost pressures on Medicaid. A new wave of health care consumerism is changing how the population ‘shops’ for care. On top of all this, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is about to bring major change to the U.S. health care system. With its triple aim of expanding access to health insurance, enhancing the patient experience, and reducing cost, there are aspects of the ACA that have significant implications for dentistry.
This engaging and profound presentation will provide an overview of the changing dental landscape and will identify key entry points for strategic action going forward.
Dental Student Debt (45 min)
This presentation reviews the most up to date data on trends in dental student debt, how this compares to other professions, how this compares to dentist earning, the key drivers of the recent increase in student debt, and what impact student debt has on career choices. The presentation also presents findings from a comprehensive analysis of loan forgiveness programs that are available to dentists and their impact on debt levels.
Alternative Models of Dental Practice (30 min)
This presentation reviews recent changes in how dental practices are organized and ownership arrangements of dentists based on the most comprehensive data available. It outlines the key issues related to alternative models of dental practice and reviews the evidence on issues such as practice size, dentist earnings, satisfaction, work life balance, efficiency, and treatment patterns.
Shifting Patterns of Dental Care Utilization (60 min)
This presentation summarizes the most up to date, comprehensive research on how various segments of the U.S. population use dental care. The analysis demonstrates convincingly that profound changes are occurring and there are very divergent patterns of care in the past decade for children and adults, rich and poor Americans. State-specific analysis is available for all states. Research on the underlying drivers of these trends is discussed, and the recent economic downturn turns out to be a very minor one. The presentation ends with a forward looking discussion, including the role of the dentist in the health care system.
Dentist Income Levels (60 min)
This presentation summarizes comprehensive analysis of dentist earnings from 1996 to 2011, and how earnings patterns differ by region, gender, and for owners compared to employees. Busyness levels and economic confidence for the future are also analyzed. The data are based on various surveys maintained by the ADA’s Health Policy Institute. The analysis shows compellingly that dentist income levels began to decline in the mid-2000s, well before the recent economic downturn. State-specific analysis is available for select large states upon request. Specialty-specific analysis is available for most specialties upon request. The presentation discusses the future evolution of dentist earnings based on various factors including the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act and Dentistry (60 min or 90 min)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bringing major change to the U.S. health care system. Based on new comprehensive research, this presentation summarizes key implications of the ACA on the dental care delivery system. Specifically, the presentation reviews analysis of the number of adults and children who will gain dental benefits by 2018 due to the ACA and the additional dental visits and expenditure this will generate. The analysis focuses separately on Medicaid and private practice dental care. The potential effect of Accountable Care Organizations on the way dental care is delivered and paid for in the future is also discussed, with an emphasis on the move away from fee-for-service. The presentation ends with a thought provoking discussion of the future of the dental profession in light of the changing health care environment.
The Dental Economy in Transition (45 min)
This presentation reviews recent trends in national dental expenditure, per capita dental expenditure, per patient dental expenditure and how this varies for different segments of the population and by insurance status. Based on extensive analysis by the ADA’s Health Policy Institute, this presentation highlights the profound changes that have taken place in dental spending patterns beginning in the early 2000s, well before the recent economic downturn. Results from models of future dental expenditure are presented, and the presentation ends with a thought provoking discussion of how the profession can navigate this major transition in the dental economy.
Current and Future Supply of Dentists (45 min)
This presentation summarizes the evolution of the size of the dental workforce at the national and state level, and how this is expected to change through 2030. The presentation discusses the adequacy of the dental workforce in the coming years, based on the projections. The analysis is based on the ADA’s Health Policy Institute dental workforce projection model and historical data.
The Dental Market in [State] (45 min)
This presentation brings together data from various sources to analyze the dental market in a particular state and how this compares to the US. The period of focus is 2000-2011 and the analysis covers dental care utilization, commercial dental fees, Medicaid dental fees, dentist participation in Medicaid, intensity of group versus solo practice. For select states, the analysis includes dentist earnings, hours worked, perceived busyness, and patient profiles.
With an extensive data infrastructure and the capability to carry out primary data collection through in-house survey expertise, HPI routinely provides custom analytic services to various clients. These clients include state dental associations, specialty dental organizations, researchers in academia, and federal and state governments.
One example of custom analytics available is a dental workforce projection model that can simulate the future dentist workforce. This is done at the state level. Analyses are custom tailored to respond to policy issues related to the requirements in a given location.
Another example is custom surveys of specific groups of dentists that focus on various issues. With sophisticated expertise in mail- and web-based surveys and the most comprehensive database of dentists in the U.S. (including non-ADA members and nonpracticing dentists) surveys can be customized to gather the information needed.
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