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Webinar to focus on how states can better prevent and manage childhood caries

May 20, 2015 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a webinar about how Medicaid could be used to help prevent and manage early childhood tooth decay.

The 90-minute webinar May 27 aims to provide a nonclinician's understanding of the etiology of early childhood caries, who it affects and how; the clinical rationale for emphasizing early childhood caries prevention and management so that eventually fewer cases require treatment; an understanding of how early childhood caries prevention and management approaches fit into broader state efforts to promote high quality health care, good health outcomes and cost reduction; and specific strategies states can implement to increase effective prevention of early childhood caries.

The webinar will include a set of actionable strategies states can implement to begin moving toward a prevention and management approach to caries, and examples from a state that is already taking action.

Meg Booth, the director of policy at the Children's Dental Health Project will be the moderator. Scheduled speakers are:  

  • Dr. Burton Edelstein, professor of dental medicine and health policy & management, Columbia University.
  • Laurie Norris, J.D., senior policy advisor and Coordinator of the CMS Oral Health Initiative.
  • Susan Ruiz, oral health and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment lead, CMS San Francisco Regional Office, Division of Medicaid & Children's Health Operations.
  • Kelly Close, preschool oral health coordinator, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Darlene Baker, dental policy analyst, Division of Medical Assistance, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The webinar is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Click here to register.