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Dr. Lynn Mouden named CMCS chief dental officer

February 15, 2012

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Dr. Lynn Mouden

Little Rock, Ark. —Dr. Lynn D. Mouden, director of the Arkansas Office of Oral Health, “will join our growing oral health team on Feb. 27” as chief dental officer, a federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official told the Arkansas State Dental Association.

“We are proud that Dr. Mouden, a longtime ADA member, will represent dentistry in this critical role at CMS,” said Billy Tarpley, state association executive director.

“Oral health care is an important part of health and well-being, especially for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program,” said CMS’ Cindy Mann. “To provide additional support and expertise on oral health in Medicaid and CHIP, we are pleased to announce the selection of a Center for Medicaid, CHIP and Survey & Certification (CMCS) Chief Dental Officer Lynn Douglas Mouden, DDS, MPH. He will join our growing oral health team on Feb. 27.” Ms. Mann is the CMCS director.

The announcement cites Dr. Mouden’s “numerous dental leadership roles at the local, state and national levels.”

Dr. Mouden told the ADA News, “I am definitely looking forward to adding my backgrounds in private practice, academia and public health to the policymakers at CMS. With the growing challenge of increasing access to care for so many children in the country, I am excited to bring knowledge of all these areas to bear in developing Medicaid policy.”

A former member (1995-1998) of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, Dr. Mouden has chaired the CAPIR Prevention Subcommittee and National Fluoridation Advisory Committee. “I also started the Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness PANDA program and saw it grow to more than 40 states and a dozen international programs,” he said.

Dr. Mouden holds faculty appointments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and three faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He spent 16 years in private practice dentistry and eight years with the Missouri Department of Health before becoming director of the Office of Oral Health for the Arkansas Department of Health.

A past president of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Dr. Mouden received an ASTDD Outstanding Service Award and recently received the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer’s Exemplary Service Award.