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DQA workshop to debut at annual meeting

September 03, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

Washington — A new workshop on quality measurement in the oral health delivery system will debut at ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting.

Quality Measurement in Dentistry (course 6321) is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Nov. 6. There is no fee for the course and participants are eligible to receive up to one hour of continuing education credit. Presenters include Dr. James Crall, DQA chair and chair of the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry at the University of California-Los Angeles, and Dr. Marie Schweinebraten, periodontist and private practitioner in Duluth, Georgia, and former ADA trustee.

"The DQA workshop is a wonderful opportunity for attendees to be exposed to the realm of quality management," said Dr. David Schirmer, chair of the DQA Education Committee that developed the course.

"Just as evidence-based dentistry ushered in a new thought paradigm a decade ago, the work of the DQA is center stage now, having successfully developed measures that are coming into use."

Covered California, the state's marketplace for patients to purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, recently adopted the DQA Pediatric Measure Set in its qualified dental plan contracts for 2016. The National Quality Forum, considered a gold standard for evaluating health care quality, endorsed five measures put forth by the Dental Quality Alliance in 2014.

"This workshop will have aspects that apply to everyone in dentistry but it is also specifically tailored to dental care providers, a majority of whom are in some form of private practice," Dr. Schirmer said. "Though the impact of quality measures on today's typical practice may be small, in the future this is likely to change. Members have always been best positioned by being well-informed."

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