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Dental Quality Alliance update

The Dental Quality Alliance is in the process of forming an advisory committee on Research and Development of Performance Measures, which will begin its work after the first of the year.

Although the ADA is facilitating and leading the DQA, the advisory committee and approval of its work product will be guided by the DQA Executive Committee.

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services came to the ADA requesting that we take the lead in forming the DQA and we were wiling to do so, however the development of meaningful quality measures will be a multi-stakeholder endeavor,” said Dr. R. Wayne Thompson, DQA chair and ADA 12th District trustee.

Forming the committee topped the DQA’s agenda at its Oct. 29 meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting also included discussions about future funding and the procedures for selecting a public member of the DQA.

The advisory committee on Research and Development of Performance Measures is one of four such groups advising the DQA and is scheduled to start developing performance measures in the first quarter of 2011. The member organizations of the DQA will nominate individuals to serve on the committee, and the DQA Executive Committee will determine the final members from the slate of nominees, who do not necessarily have to be a member of the nominating organization.

The formation of the advisory committee is scheduled for completion Dec. 17. The first meeting will be held via conference call in early 2011.

At its next meeting, scheduled for June 2011, the DQA will discuss how a public member will be identified. A second DQA meeting is also scheduled for November 2011. In conjunction with those meeting dates, the advisory committees will also meet. All meetings will be held at ADA Headquarters in Chicago and are open to observers.

The DQA is developing programmatic performance measures to assess oral health care quality for Medicaid patients.