Tools for Policymakers
The Health Policy Institute compiled a number of useful tools for policymakers focused on improving the oral health care system.
Oral Health and Well-Being in Your State and for the U.S.
HPI prepared at-a-glance reports on self-reported oral health and well-being, attitudes toward oral health, and barriers to dental care for adults in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the United States.
See how your state compares.
The Oral Health Care System in Your States and for the U.S.
HPI prepared at-a-glance reports on an array of oral health care system indicators for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Topics include dental care utilization, oral health status, oral health knowledge and attitudes, water fluoridation rates, reimbursement rates to providers, dentist-to-population ratios, and the percentage of dentists who participate in Medicaid.
See how your state compares.
Projecting the Supply of Practicing Dentists in Your State and for the U.S.
HPI developed a workforce model to estimate the future supply of dentists in the United States as well as in specific states. The empirical micro-simulation model accounts for expected inflows, outflows, and shifts in the age and gender composition of the dental workforce. This analysis is customizable and can be replicated at the state level.
See the analysis for the U.S.
Contact HPI to inquire about customizing this analysis for your state.
Estimating the Cost of a Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit in Your State
HPI developed a customizable modeling tool to estimate the cost of introducing an adult dental benefit in a state’s Medicaid program. See the results for 22 states in the research brief.
Contact HPI to inquire about customizing this analysis, including assumptions, for your state.
Assessing the Accuracy of Medicaid Provider Lists
The Connecticut Dental Health Partnership and the United Way of Connecticut collaborated on a telephone mystery shopper survey to assess the validity of Medicaid dental care provider lists for HUSKY (i.e., Medicaid) recipients. This survey is an excellent resource for state policymakers and can be replicated in other states.
See the full report or contact HPI for more information about this program.
Medicaid Dental Care Reimbursement Rates in Your State
HPI analyzed Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement rate data for dental care services, measuring Medicaid FFS reimbursement relative to typical commercial dental insurance charges. For pediatric dental care services, data are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For adult dental care services, data are available for select states that provide dental benefits beyond emergency care to the majority of their adult Medicaid population.
See the results in the research brief.
Developing an Effective RFP/Dental Benefits Contract in Medicaid in Your State
This ADA-produced toolkit
outlines elements that states should consider when working on contracts for the administration of Medicaid dental benefits. Topics include assuring an adequate network; continuity of care; fee schedules and reimbursement; claims processing and appeals; and the role of peers in resolving issues, among other topics.