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National Quality Forum endorses two DQA measures

October 05, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

Dr. Crall
Two Dental Quality Alliance measures have received endorsement from an organization considered a gold standard for evaluating health care quality, bringing the total to seven.

The National Quality Forum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care, has endorsed two DQA measures: Ambulatory Care Sensitive Emergency Department Visits for Dental Caries in Children and Follow-up after Emergency Department Visit by Children for Dental Caries. In 2014, the National Quality Forum included five DQA measures in its Health and Well Being project portfolio.

“These measures are important for many reasons: they’re the first DQA measures that include care provided in medical settings; they represent important system indicators for advanced dental disease; and they expand the number of DQA measures that have received National Quality Forum endorsement,” said Dr. James Crall, DQA chair.

Many health care plans and programs use the measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum to assess their own performance. Measures are also used to evaluate the quality of care within federal programs, such as Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces. The American Dental Association established the Dental Quality Alliance following a request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2008 to develop performance measures for oral health care.

The DQA is currently testing dental quality measures for the adult population. For more details on these measures, visit

The DQA will host its first education course at ADA 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Quality Measurement in Dentistry (course 6321) is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Nov. 6. To register, visit

A meeting is scheduled for Oct. 30 and anyone is welcome to observe by contacting Jameca Routen at 1-312-440-7649 or at