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Announcements

2018 ANNUAL MEASURES REVIEW: CALL FOR COMMENTS ON DENOMINATOR DEFINITION OF THE DQA SEALANT MEASURES

The DQA’s Measure Development and Maintenance Committee (MDMC) has reviewed two issues regarding the denominator definition for the DQA sealant measures:

  1. whether the measure should incorporate exclusions from the denominator to address situations in which a child does not have any sealable molars, and,
  2. whether the denominator should continue to focus on children at elevated caries risk.

Defining the Denominator: Draft Report from the MDMC is available for your review.  Please provide your report specific comments through a survey link available on page 3 of the report. Please have all feedback submitted no later than March 19th, 2018.

You may submit any additional comments/suggestions on the DQA measures to dqa@ada.org.  

CALL FOR COMMENT: EXPERT PANEL GUIDANCE ON CARIES RISK ASSESSMENT 

The Dental Quality Alliance partnered with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to develop comprehensive guidance on caries risk assessment (CRA). This is an important endeavor to lay the foundation for outcomes measurement. Measurement and improvement in disease status, functional status and risk status are essential to ultimately measure and improve population health. Feedback on preliminary work by the expert panel on CRA is sought by February 10, 2018. Comments for the Interim Report can be sent to dqa@ada.org

Other Announcements

  • Practice Level Measures: The DQA is developing measures for practice level assessments. Visit the Measures: Practice Assessments page for more information. 

  • Program-Plan Level Measures: The DQA is developing program and plan level measures to evaluate Emergency Department visits and oral evaluation for individuals with diabetes. Please contact the DQA for additional information.

  • Program Level Measures: The DQA undertakes an annual review of all its measures. The 2018 versions of all DQA approved measures, their specification and the user guide are available under Medicaid and Dental Plan Assessments