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DQA approves four new quality measures

November 17, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund


Dr. Breault

Dr. Crall

The Dental Quality Alliance approved at its October meeting four additional measures for pediatric patients in collaboration with the University of Florida.

The DQA will craft quality measures titled Use of Emergency Room for Caries-Related Reasons and Follow-up After Emergency Room Visit and e-measures titled  Oral Health Care Continuity for Children 2-20 Years and Oral Health Sealants for Children 6-9 years.

The University of Florida tested these measures for feasibility and reliability using medical and dental administrative enrollment and claims data and data from electronic health records.

These measures will be used as a barometer for dental plan and program performance. The project is supported, in part, through a grant from the ADA Foundation and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The e-measures will be incorporated into the Meaningful Use program of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Electronic Health Records Incentive Program.

The DQA, formed in 2008 through a request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is comprised of multiple stakeholders from across the oral health community who are committed to the development of consensus-based quality measures.

Also at its Oct. 24 meeting, the DQA named Dr. Michael Breault as the chair-elect. Dr. Breault serves on the ADA Council on Government Affairs, is a periodontist in New York, is past president of the New York State Dental Association and is an attending periodontist at the Ellis Hospital Medical Center. Dr. James Crall, professor and chair of the division of public health and community dentistry at the University of California-Los Angeles and representative of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, will be the DQA chair for 2015.

For more information on the DQA, visit Dentists are also invited to email DQA staff with any questions at