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ADA Health Policy Institute

Research Briefs

The Health Policy Institute publishes Research Briefs on critical policy issues concerning U.S. dental economics and health policy reform. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent publication.

  • Dentist Participation in Medicaid: How Should It Be Measured? Does It Matter? (October 2021)
  • How did the COVID-19 Pandemic Affect Dentist Earnings? (September 2021)
  • Estimating the Impact of Medicaid Expansions on Dentist Supply (August 2021)
  • Making the Case for Dental Coverage for Adults in All State Medicaid Programs (July 2021)
  • Estimating the Cost of Introducing Comprehensive Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits in Florida (May 2021)
  • Projected Supply of Dentists in the United States, 2020-2040 (May 2021)
  • Estimating the Cost of Introducing a Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit in Maine (March 2021)
  • Modeling the Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Dental Spending - June 2020 Update (June 2020)
  • Estimating the Cost of Introducing Comprehensive Adult Medicaid Dental Benefits in Hawaii (February 2020)
  • Estimating the Cost of Introducing Comprehensive Adult Medicaid Dental Benefits in Virginia (January 2020)
  • Main Barriers to Getting Needed Dental Care All Relate to Affordability (April 2019)
  • Could Dentists Relieve Physician Shortages, Manage Chronic Disease? (December 2018)
  • Trends in Advanced Dental Education Programs: 1975-2016 (July 2018)
  • U.S. Dental Expenditures: 2017 Update (December 2017)
  • Trends in Fees and Reimbursement Rates for the Most Common Procedures in Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Oral Surgery (February 2017)
  • Recent Trends in the Market for Oral Surgeons, Endodontists, Orthodontists, Periodontists, and Pediatric Dentists (February 2017)
  • Dentist Earnings Were Stable in 2015 (December 2016)
  • U.S. Dental Spending Up in 2015 (December 2016)
  • Dental Benefits Coverage Increased for Working-Age Adults in 2014 (October 2016)
  • Dental Care Utilization Steady Among Working-Age Adults and Children, Up Slightly Among the Elderly (October 2016)
  • Recent Trends in the Market for Endodontics (September 2016)
  • An Analysis of Dental Spending Among Adults with Private Dental Benefits (May 2016)
  • Considering Large Group Practices as a Vehicle for Consolidation in Dentistry (April 2016)
  • Physicians Dissatisfied with Current Referral Process to Dentists (March 2016)
  • The Per-Patient Cost of Dental Care, 2013: A Look Under the Hood (March 2016)
  • An Analysis of Dental Spending Among Children with Private Dental Benefits (March 2016)
  • Estimating the Cost of Introducing a Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit in 22 States (March 2016)
  • Dental Care Within Accountable Care Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities (March 2016)
  • Emergency Department Visits for Dental Conditions Fell in 2013 (February 2016)
  • Methodology for Developing the Health Policy Institute Index Measures of Oral Health Status, Oral Health Knowledge, and Attitude Toward Oral Health
  • Cost Barriers to Dental Care Continue to Decline Particularly Among Young Adults and the Poor (October 2015)
  • Job Satisfaction among Dentists Varies by Type of Large Group Practice Setting (August 2015)
  • Very Large Dental Practices Seeing Significant Growth in Market Share (August 2015)
  • Dental Care in Accountable Care Organizations: Insights from 5 Case Studies (June 2015)
  • Including Child Dental Benefits in Medical Plans in California Had Limited Impact on Premiums (May 2015)
  • More Dental Benefits Options in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplaces (February 2015)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Spending Projections for Dental Care Less Accurate Than for Other Health Care Spending Components (January 2015)
  • Medicaid Market for Dental Care Poised for Major Growth in Many States (December 2014)
  • Are Medicaid and Private Dental Insurance Payment Rates for Pediatric Dental Care Keeping up with Inflation? (December 2014)
  • Why Adults Forgo Dental Care: Evidence from a New National Survey (November 2014)
  • Diverting Emergency Department Dental Visits Could Save Maryland's Medicaid Program $4 Million per Year (November 2014)
  • A Ten-Year, State-by-State, Analysis of Medicaid Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Rates for Dental Care Services (October 2014)
  • Key Differences in Dental Care Seeking Behavior between Medicaid and Non-Medicaid Adults and Children (August 2014)
  • Majority of Dental-Related Emergency Department Visits Lack Urgency and Can Be Diverted to Dental Offices (August 2014)
  • Update: Take-up of Pediatric Dental Benefits in Health Insurance Marketplaces Still Limited (May 2014)
  • Lack of True Mandate for Pediatric Dental Benefits Limits Take-Up of Coverage, Early Enrollment Data Suggest (April 2014)
  • A Proposed Classification of Dental Group Practices (February 2014)
  • Dental Practice Expenses Much Higher When Owner Salaries Accounted For (March 2013)