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Dental Quality Alliance role urged for ACA implementation

July 06, 2012

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington—Regulators should use clinical quality measures developed by the 29-partner Dental Quality Alliance in setting Affordable Care Act standards for qualified health plan accreditation, the Association told the Department of Health and Human Services July 5.

The Association “applauds” HHS for including quality measures within accreditation standards for health plans, said the letter (PDF) commenting on a proposed rule to establish a process for recognition of accrediting entities for purposes of certifying ACA-qualified health plans.

“The ADA further strongly recommends that HHS recognize the DQA as the voluntary consensus standards setting body for quality measures in dentistry,” the Association said. “The ADA strongly suggests that any designated accrediting entity should use specific clinical quality measures developed by the DQA, a voluntary consensus organization with broad representation that is engaged in developing quality measures for accrediting dental plans.”

The DQA is engaged in developing quality and performance measures for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, has identified several performance measures and is conducting validity and reliability assessments of these measures, the Association said. The DQA will develop measure specifications for claims-based data sources and for electronic health records, the letter said.

The HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hosted the first public Dental Quality Alliance meeting in October 2010 and participates in the DQA.