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Dental benefits resolution to explore creation of data registry

October 30, 2018

By David Burger

Christopher Bulnes
Dr. Bulnes  

Honolulu — The ADA House of Delegates in October approved a resolution that seeks to position the Association as the source of comprehensive data to support the development of health policy, treatment guidelines, medical necessity rules and to define population health and quality of care.

Resolution 25H-2018 urges the Board of Trustees to prioritize the establishment of a clinical data registry. 

The Board is asked to identify the best approach to fund the registry and provide an implementation plan with a timeline to the 2019 House of Delegates.

 “Patient care is at risk if payers with large amounts to aggregated information are allowed to dictate treatment guidelines and medical necessity rules,” said Dr. Christopher Bulnes, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs. “An ADA clinical dental data repository would help dentists improve on treatment and outcomes of patient care.”

A 2018 survey of member dentists focused on the perceived value of the registry for dentists, and a majority said they would provide data to the ADA for a registry and use data from the repository. In general, dentists under the age of 40 expressed greater support for the initiative.