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Action for Dental Health

2008 Medicaid Provider Symposium

The 2007 House of Delegates authorized a Medicaid Provider Symposium for 2008 (Resolution 44H-2007) to identify challenges to providing oral health care to Medicaid recipients and inform the participants of the Access to Dental Care Summit that the ADA will convene in 2009. The Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations was charged with coordinating the planning and implementation of the symposium, which was held on June 23, 2008. It focused on identifying barriers to care and successful strategies for increasing access for Medicaid recipients. Most of the group's recommendations for action were directed to systemic concerns, rather than changes that could be implemented immediately within an individual practice. Addressing these larger concerns may significantly decrease barriers to care for this population.

The Medicaid Provider Symposium provided insights into the challenges faced by dentists who successfully provide care to Medicaid patients within their private practice settings. This was a unique group, unlike any convened on this issue previously.

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