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  • Dr. Brian Nový, DDS to present at Yankee Dental Congress

    Jan 17, 2017

    DentaQuest Institute’s Director of Practice Improvement Dr. Brian Nový is scheduled to present a session at Yankee Dental Congress on Saturday January 28, 2017. His session, “Punk’d By Plaque” will be presented as part of the Yankee Dental Congress full day of Community Health Center courses. More information about Dr. Nový's presentation and Yankee Dental Congress can be found at:...

  • DentaQuest Announces Senior Leadership Appointments Across the Organization

    Dec 21, 2016

    Long-standing leaders within the enterprise promoted to grow impact

    BOSTON – DentaQuest recently announced several senior leadership appointments and updates across the organization in an ongoing effort to advance person-centered health.

    Ralph Fuccillo, M.A., has been appointed as senior advisor, office of the...

  • DentaQuest Chief Dental Officer & President of DentaQuest Institute to Retire

    Dec 20, 2016

    BOSTON – After 20 years of exceptional leadership pivotal to DentaQuest’s success, Rob Compton, D.D.S., will be retiring at the end of 2016. Compton currently serves as senior vice president and chief dental officer, DentaQuest, and president, DentaQuest Institute.

    During his time with the organization, Compton, a nationally-recognized leader in oral health, quality, reimbursement and...

  • DQ Institute ECC Collaborative Presents Findings

    Dec 19, 2016

    DentaQuest Institute ECC Collaborative Presents Findings at the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

    The 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Mapping the Complexity and Dynamism of the Field took place December 14-15, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.  Each...

  • Rob Compton Retirement Announcement

    Dec 19, 2016

    DENTAQUEST CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER AND PRESIDENT OF DENTAQUEST INSTITUTE TO RETIRE

    Leader widely recognized for significant contributions to health industry throughout career

    BOSTON – After 20 years of exceptional leadership pivotal to DentaQuest’s success, Rob Compton, D.D.S., will be retiring at the end of 2016. Compton...

  • Looking Back on 2016

    Dec 12, 2016

    Looking back on 2016, the DentaQuest Institute team has so much to be proud of. Our MORE Care integration initiative is now engaging rural primary care providers in three states (South Carolina, Colorado, and Pennsylvania). Safety Net Solutions is addressing the needs of dental students, dental directors, health center administrators, and others to support the successful running of efficient...

  • 28th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

    Dec 09, 2016

    Members of the DentaQuest Institute attended the 28th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care in Orlando, FL this week.  Nearly 6,000 health care professionals were in attendance. 

    This National Forum offers an opportunity to play a part in effecting real change in health care...

  • Holiday Giving Tree

    Dec 09, 2016

    Employees of the DentaQuest Institute and the Oral Health Center showed their generosity by participating in the Holiday Giving Tree program.  Wishes were granted and gifts were delivered to St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Westborough, MA.  Members of the Parish were very excited and grateful that we participated again this year and that we were able to give many children a very happy...

  • Study Finds Use of Hospital Emergency Departments for Dental Conditions Increased After Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

    Dec 05, 2016

    Study Finds Use of Hospital Emergency Departments for Dental Conditions Increased After Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

    For largely preventable conditions, results signal need for additional outreach efforts

    BOSTON – According to a study published today in the December issue of Health Affairs,...

  • Celebrate Public Health Thank You Day!

    Nov 21, 2016

    The DentaQuest Institute celebrates the oral health heroes who will never know how many cavities they’ve prevented.  Patients and their families reap the benefits of our innovative partner clinicians working to improve the oral health of all.  Public Health Thank You Day is for all of you!

    Click here for more information.

     

  • NEW Disease Management Video Released

    Nov 16, 2016

    Check out our new video that addresses the positive impact that practicing disease management has on the clinician.

    This video is located on our DentaQuest Institute website landing page.

    You can also access this video directly by clicking on this link.

  • NEW Online Module: Interprofessional Practice

    Nov 10, 2016

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Special Topic Module on the DQI Online Learning Center. The topic of this 60-minute, self-paced module is centered around interprofessional oral health care. The module will touch on oral health's role in integrated care, the current methodology for implementing integrated care in your own practice, and how interprofessionalism can improve...

  • SNS Hosts Annual Expert Advisor Convening

    Nov 08, 2016

    The DentaQuest Institute’s (DQI) Safety Net Solutions (SNS) program hosted its annual Expert Advisor Convening in Boston last month, bringing together DQI staff and individuals from across the country that work as SNS expert advisors (EAs). Each year this convening serves as a platform for providing training and support to the EAs, sharing important updates about various SNS projects, and...

  • Editorial Published in Pediatric Dentistry

    Nov 08, 2016

    A big milestone for quality improvement in dentistry was the publication of our editorial in Pediatric Dentistry.  Click here for PDF.

    Dr. Chalmers, Director of Analytics and Publication, continues to present this innovative work at national and state conferences:

     ...

  • Caries Risk Assessment: Getting Started

    Nov 08, 2016

    Anyone who has tried to implement caries risk assessment in practice knows the challenges that come along with adding new elements to patient appointments.  Something as simple as a risk assessment brings with it unique challenges, especially when you’re also trying to change patient behavior.  Before implementing caries risk assessment, some key elements of the process need to be figured out...

  • Fellowship Opportunity with Nation’s Leading Delivery Systems

    Nov 07, 2016

    Apply for the 2017 AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship!

    Train with leading delivery systems using evidence to improve health and the performance of the health system. AcademyHealth’s Delivery System Science Fellowship offers a year-long learning opportunity for highly-qualified, post-doctoral researchers...

  • Join Our Team!

    Nov 03, 2016

    We are looking for a Quality Improvement Project Manager for our Disease Management group. 

    The Disease Management group oversees a wide and growing portfolio of programs dedicated to transforming caries and periodontal disease management practice improvement efforts and team-based care. While the majority of the Disease Management group’s time is dedicated to...

  • MORE Care Teams Present Oral Health Integration Strategies at South Carolina Office of Rural Health Annual Meeting

    Nov 03, 2016

    Rural primary care clinics that participated in the MORE Care collaborative led a panel discussion at The South Carolina Office of Rural Health’s Annual Meeting on October 26th about the integration of oral health into rural primary care practices. The 3 participating RHCs had spent the past 18 months working with the SC Office of Rural Health, DentaQuest Institute, and other state partners...

  • MORE Care Pennsylvania Kicks Off in Meadville, PA

    Oct 19, 2016

    In partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, 9 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) representing two rural hospital systems in Pennsylvania, gathered in Meadville, PA on September 22 to kick off MORE Care: Pennsylvania at its 1st learning session. The purpose of the gathering was to begin a care delivery transformation that would allow practices to include or expand on oral health...

  • Showing the Success!

    Oct 05, 2016

    We talk about improvement often. Everyone wants better but what does that mean? How do we communicate with others about efforts to improve care delivery? Be visual. Show the work.

    A data wall is a great way to share and display your improvement projects while engaging staff in a fun and creative way. You can build and design your data wall however you choose, but be...

  • Congratulations Dr. Frank Torrisi on the Edward Shills Annual Award

    Sep 29, 2016

    Congratulations to Dr. Frank Torrisi and his dental program, on receiving the Edward Shills Award on October 5th in Philadelphia.  This award is sponsored by the Henry Schein Company.  Dr. Torrisi and his dental program were also awarded a HRSA grant to fund a full medical-dental integration project!

  • Florida Association of Health Plans Annual Conference

    Sep 26, 2016

    The Florida Association of Health Plans, Inc, is meeting Sept 14-16 in Orlando, FL for their Annual Conference.  In an effort to continue advancing a healthy Florida, this year's conference will bring together a distinguished group of thought leaders in national and state health care policy. These experts will address such topics as...

  • 2016 AcademyHealth Concordium

    Sep 26, 2016

    The 2016 AcademyHealth Concordium just wrapped up in Washington DC.  This conference brought together clinicians, analysts, and information technology experts that are interested in using data to transform health.  Dr. Natalia Chalmers presented “Expanding Medicaid adult dental coverage in Kentucky led to increased dental emergency visits...

  • 2016 John Rossetti Centers of Excellence

    Sep 20, 2016

    For the last six years the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions program has been privileged to present the John Rossetti Center of Excellence Award to safety net dental programs that have displayed tremendous leadership and excellence in oral health practice management throughout the SNS technical assistance process, and who have greatly improved their dental program operations as well...

  • DentaQuest Institute Receives CAMBRA Award!

    Aug 31, 2016

    At last week’s CAMBRA Coalition annual meeting in Denver, the Executive Team celebrated all the Institute has done for CAMBRA.  Dr. Brian Nový has led this effort and was proud to accept this award on our behalf.

    Dr. Nový- Thank you for being such an inspiring champion for caries management!

    Pictured above from left: John Featherstone, MSc, PhD (Professor of Preventive and...

  • DCM Celebration Webinar

    Aug 26, 2016

    On Thursday, August 25, all 15 DCM teams virtually gathered to celebrate and reflect on their successes and highlights during the last 18 months of the DCM Collaborative. From the very start of the collaborative, all teams had one mission in mind: to improve the delivery of oral health care for children and adolescents, focusing on developing and testing a chronic disease management protocol...

  • QI Team Visits Zufall Health Center

    Aug 25, 2016

    This past week, members of the QI Team at the DentaQuest Institute visited Zufall Health Center in Dover, New Jersey. Zufall has been an active site participating in both DQI’s Early Childhood Caries Collaborative and the Dental Caries Management Collaborative. During the visit, the QI Team toured Zufall’s dental and medical clinics and experienced firsthand their workflow for implementing...

  • Summer News from the Analytics and Publication Team

    Aug 09, 2016

    We are pleased to announce the DentaQuest Institute is partnering with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to create a 2-year full-time Fellowship in Oral Health Informatics (OHI). DQI will help fellows access dental electronic health record (EHR) databases to provide opportunities for conducting informatics research....

  • MORE Care Colorado Kicks Off in Colorado Springs

    Aug 04, 2016

    In partnership with the Colorado Rural Health Center, 3 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) gathered in Colorado Springs, CO on June 30 to kick off MORE Care: Colorado at its 1st learning session. Building on the MORE Care rural medical-dental integration work that began in 2015 with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health,  RHCs in Colorado convened to begin the process of transforming their care...

  • The View from Here: The Exciting Future of Caries Disease Management

    Aug 04, 2016

    It’s often said that you can’t know where you are going until you know where you’ve been. As the newest member of the DentaQuest Institute’s (DQI) Quality Improvement team, I have been committed to doing just that; understanding and appreciating the monumental work that the QI team, faculty and collaborative teams have accomplished in caries management while simultaneously thinking ahead...

  • Dr. Jane Gillette First Woman to Lead MDA

    Jul 18, 2016

    Congratulations to our Safety Net Solutions Expert Advisor Dr. Jane Gillette on her new role as President of the MDA.  Dr. Gillette has a rich background in oral health and has held many wonderful leadership roles.

    Click here to read the entire article in...

  • MORE Care: Colorado Gets Going!

    Jul 14, 2016

    In partnership with the Colorado Rural Health Center, 3 rural health clinics gathered in Colorado Springs, CO last month to get started on MORE Care: Colorado. Much like our work in caries management, the Institute seeks early adopters who want to improve care delivery and brings them together, using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Model (BTS), to focus on...

  • Article Published by ECC and DCM QI Team

    Jul 07, 2016

    The quality improvement team at Western University, College of Dental Medicine (WUCDM), a participating site in both the DentaQuest Institute’s Early Childhood Caries Collaborative and the Dental Caries Management Collaborative, authored an article featured in the June 2016 Journal of the California Dental Association titled “The Impact of Risk-Based Care on Early Childhood and Youth...

  • News from the Analytics and Publication Team

    Jul 05, 2016

    Dr. Natalia Chalmers and Nancy Urbani presented a poster titled, "Gender and Race Inequalities in National and State Emergency Department Visits for Dental/Oral Health Conditions," at the 2016 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting on June 25-28 in Boston, MA.  The poster was presented as part of the Disparities Interest Group and in the general...

  • SNS Expert Advisor Bill Donigan Receives Award

    Jun 23, 2016

    Dr. William Donigan was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Provider by the  North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA).   Dr. Donigan received the award at the NCCHCA’s Summer conference on June 13th, and the presentation was made by President and CEO, Ben Money.

    The NCCHCA Outstanding Provider Award recognizes a provider who has worked in a North Carolina Community...

  • New article on Sedation Dentistry

    Jun 23, 2016

    DentaQuest Institute's Dr. Sean Boynes authored an article titled "Considerations for Sedation in Dentistry", featured in Decisions in Dentistry, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Care. 

    Click here to read the article.

  • Exciting Medical Oral Expanded Care (MORE Care) Collaborative Announcement

    Jun 23, 2016

    The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and the DentaQuest Institute have launched a new Rural Oral Health Initiative.  Click here to read the full story.

  • MORE Care Pilot Update

    Jun 22, 2016

    The MORE Care Pilot in South Carolina met for its Capstone meeting Friday, June 10 to talk celebrate their successes in implementing oral health into their rural primary care practices over the past 12 months. They also worked on developing plans to ensure that the integration of oral health into patient well child visits would be a sustained practice over time. The rural primary care...

  • DQI Hosts Disease Management Convening

    Jun 09, 2016

    On Monday, June 6, members of the DentaQuest Institute’s quality improvement collaborative faculty, coaches, and teams gathered for our first Disease Management Convening in Cambridge, MA to celebrate the work of the teams, learn from their experiences doing disease management in their own organizations, and solicit their feedback on the Institute’s future plans for spreading the disease...

  • Dr. Sean Boynes co-authors article titled "Solving Rural South Carolina's Oral Health Crisis

    Jun 01, 2016

    DentaQuest Institute's Dr. Sean Boynes recently co-authored an article titled "Solving Rural South Carolina's Oral Health Crisis".  The importance of establishing a "dental home" for those living in rural areas is one of the key messages of this important article.  Click here to...

  • Article Published by Dr. Man Wai Ng

    May 19, 2016

    Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Collaborative Faculty Chair and DentaQuest Chair of Pediatric Oral Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Man Wai Ng recently had an article published in the California Dental Association journal entitled Quality Improvement Efforts in Pediatric Oral Health. The article (linked below) focuses specifically on the role of measurement, data, and quality...

  • Dr. Mark Doherty Chairs a Medicaid Bootcamp Course

    May 03, 2016

    The ADA is hosting several Bootcamps in 2016 to assist providers in navigating through Medicaid.   Dr. Mark Doherty, Executive Director of SafetyNet Solutions at the DentaQuest Institute, is chairing these sessions and offers his valuable insight and expertise.  In the words of Dr. Doherty, "Do the right thing and you'll always be OK. It's easy to sleep at night as long as you do it right and...

  • Safety Net University (SNU) Spring Summit in Washington, D.C.

    May 02, 2016

    On April 4, 2016 the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions team hosted a Safety Net University (SNU) Spring Summit in Washington, D.C., bringing together a variety of stakeholders to discuss the educational needs of dental students, dental directors, health center administrators, and other important audiences related to successfully running efficient and effective safety net dental...

  • Championing Disease Management: Spotlight on Jordan Valley Community Health Center

    May 02, 2016

    As one of 15 teams participating in the Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative, the Jordan Valley Community Health Center has diligently worked to test and implement a chronic disease management protocol for patients between the ages of 6 and 20 years of age...

  • DentaQuest Institute Sponsored the 8th Annual Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco

    Apr 27, 2016

    Held in Albuquerque, NM, this national conference is designed "especially for professionals and advocates working in the field of smokeless tobacco use prevention and cessation.  A significant portion of the conference will be devoted to issues of concern to youth and those who work with youth". 

    Informational sessions included the latest research in the field, the crisis of use among...

  • Rural Primary Care Practices in South Carolina Exchange Best Practices in Oral Health

    Apr 27, 2016

    Six Rural primary care practices in South Carolina convened for their third Learning Session at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in March to continue building their capacity to integrate preventive oral health services into well child visits. The participating practices exchanged best practices and discussed their collective experiences implementing oral health risk assessments,...

  • An Update from the Analytics and Publication Team

    Apr 26, 2016

    In March, Dr. Natalia Chalmers, Director of Analytics and Publication at the DentaQuest Institute, presented comparative effectiveness research at the 45th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research. Her work focused on transforming Big Data (dental claims) into knowledge about effective...

  • DentaQuest Institute will attend the National Oral Health Conference

    Apr 13, 2016

    The DentaQuest Institute will be hosting a booth at this year’s National Oral Health Conference in Cincinnati, so if you are attending we encourage you to stop by booth #11 and say hello! Team members from Safety Net Solutions, ...

  • DentaQuest Announces Chair of Pediatric Oral Health and Dentistry at Boston Children's Hospital

    Mar 10, 2016

    Please click this link to learn more.  You can also watch an exciting new video filmed during a recent event at the Boston Children's Hospital!

  • New Article from DentaQuest Institute's Dr. Sean Boynes

    Feb 24, 2016

    In the shifting world of health care, roles and responsibilities are evolving to provide greater efficiency. This is true for the dental care team, as well, and momentum is growing for procedural tasks to be delegated to other nondentist providers on the team. In a recent article featured in Dental Economics,...

  • An Update from our Analytics and Publications Department

    Feb 03, 2016

    Dr. Natalia Chalmers joined the DentaQuest Institute in September 2015 as the director of the Analytics and Publication (AnP) team. Together with senior data analyst Nancy Urbani and consultants, her team provides support to current DQI initiatives and develops novel areas for research and publications that support the DentaQuest mission, "To improve the Oral Health of All." AnP...

  • From Prototype to Pilot: MORE Care Begins Medical/Dental Integration Work in Colorado

    Feb 03, 2016

    The DentaQuest Institute's MORE Care (Medical Oral Expanded Care) program is spreading its medical/dental integration work into Colorado in 2016. MORE Care began at the end of 2014 with the establishment of a prototype collaborative that works with 6 primary care practices in rural South Carolina in partnership with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and the Medical University of South...

  • The Improvement Journey - Lessons from the Ski Slope

    Feb 03, 2016

    Cindy Hannon, DentaQuest Institute Improvement Advisor reflects on the journey toward improvement: With passion, dedication, and perseverance, dental practices across the country have shown that change is possible.

    A few years ago, I stood at the top of a precipice, looked down, and wondered if I was out of my mind. I was skiing with...

  • Teaching Disease Management From 3,000 Miles Away

    Jan 04, 2016

    In mid-December, the DentaQuest Institute's Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Collaborative Faculty Chair, Dr. Man Wai Ng had the exciting opportunity to teach clinics participating in the UCLA/First 5 LA Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative about self-management goals and disease management for ECC. Using video conference technology, this learning was delivered from her office at Boston...

  • DentaQuest Institute participates in the Westborough Interfaith Giving Tree Program

    Dec 16, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute delivered gifts to the Westborough Interfaith Giving Tree Program this week.  The program was very pleased and appreciative of our donations.

    Happy Holidays!

  • The DentaQuest Institute Participated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 27th Annual Forum

    Dec 16, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute team recently returned from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 27th Annual Forum in Orlando, Florida.  During the Forum, over 5000 attendees from around the world, listened to improvement leaders discuss and debate patient safety, person- and family-centered care, the Triple Aim for populations, all in an effort to improve the healthcare system. The...

  • SafetyNet Solutions Tests Two New Models of Technical Assistance

    Nov 23, 2015

    In November of last year the DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions (SNS) program launched a project in partnership with the National Network for Oral Health Access to test two new models of technical assistance (TA) and compare the results of the models against the results of SNS’ traditional TA process. Fourteen health centers from across the country were selected to participate and...

  • November is National Diabetes Month!

    Nov 23, 2015

    DentaQuest Institute’s newest initiative aimed at integrating oral health into primary care, called MORE Care, is placing a special focus on adults with diabetes in rural primary care practices in South Carolina. Dr. Sean Boynes, Director of Interprofessional Practice at DentaQuest Institute, explained why adults with diabetes are such an important population for MORE Care practices. “...

  • MORE Care Collaborative in South Carolina Hosts First Learning Session

    Nov 23, 2015

    MORE Care is a new initiative of the DentaQuest Institute that focus on the integration of oral health into primary care. In 2015, a pilot collaborative in South Carolina was developed. In this pilot, DQI is working with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, the Medical University of South Carolina, and six rural primary care practices to develop and test strategies for the effective...

  • Early Childhood Caries: DQI Works to Teach a Disease Management Approach

    Nov 23, 2015

    It has been an exciting year for the DentaQuest Institute as we helped dental sites manage, treat, and prevent early childhood caries (ECC). Led by Faculty Chair, Man Wai Ng, DDS, MPH, Dentist-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, 32 sites, representing FQHCs, academic hospitals, and private practices, worked to implement a chronic disease management protocol in their practices. Over the...

  • DentaQuest Institute Presents Early Childhood Caries Work at APHA Annual Meeting

    Nov 12, 2015

    Adam Richman, Quality Improvement Project Manager, presented a poster on the DentaQuest Institute’s Early Childhood Caries Collaborative last week at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

    Adam shared the Institute’s disease management approach for ECC,...

  • DentaQuest Institute – On the Road

    Oct 30, 2015

    Members of the DentaQuest Institute team will be traveling next week sharing our work. Here are two opportunities to engage with us. We can’t wait to meet all of you!

    Adam Richman, Quality Improvement Project Manager, will be leading a poster presentation on our Early Childhood Caries disease management work at the American Public Health...

  • National CAMBRA Coalition Conference

    Oct 08, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute is sponsoring the first National CAMBRA Coalition Conference bringing together dental and dental hygiene educators from across the country along with private practitioners engaged in disease management. The conference will include updates on the most recent caries management research, and a strategy to promote widespread adoption of CAMBRA in all care settings across...

  • DCM Collaborative Teams: Going Virtual

    Oct 08, 2015

    In late September, all 15 Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative teams came together for Virtual Learning Session 2. Unlike Learning Session 1, which has held in Cambridge, MA in March 2015, this two-day meeting was held entirely online. Improvement teams carved time from their practice schedules and gathered - some together in one room, some from separate offices – to gain and share...

  • Twenty-one New Sites Working to Adopt Disease Management Approach to Managing Early Childhood Caries

    Oct 01, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute is in the midst of piloting the Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Virtual Practicum, a virtual program designed to spread the Institute’s disease management approach to preventing and managing Early Childhood Caries with dental offices and health centers nationwide. Twenty one sites are participating in the pilot from across the United States, ranging from federally...

  • DentaQuest Institute Appoints Dr. Natalia Chalmers as Director of Analytics and Publication

    Sep 29, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute is pleased to announce that Natalia Chalmers, D.D.S, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new Director of Analytics and Publication effective Sept. 15, 2015. Under Dr. Chalmers’ direction, the Office of Analytics and Publication will be transforming data and information into actionable insights on effective and efficient care, while also leveraging that knowledge to...

  • DQ Institute Hosts Annual Expert Advisor Convening in Boston

    Sep 25, 2015

    DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions (SNS) team hosted their annual Expert Advisor convening this week in Boston.  The convening brought together SNS team members and more than 30 experts in the field of safety net oral health to provide continued education, training, and support.  Participants spent a day and a half sharing ideas and discussing best practices. Topics covered included...

  • MORE Care Kicks off in South Carolina with Successful Learning Session 1

    Sep 04, 2015

    On Friday, August 21st seven rural primary care practices in South Carolina who were previously selected to participate in a learning collaborative focused on integration of oral health into primary care attended their first learning session at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in Lexington, South Carolina. At Learning Session 1, each of the participating teams was...

  • Medicaid Compliance for the Dental Professional video released

    Aug 27, 2015

    The video, titled Medicaid Compliance for the Dental Professional, was produced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a resource for safety net dental providers. It reviews the basic elements of a compliance program and how to facilitate compliance at the practice level, including good documentation expectations and using dental software as a tool for good...

  • SNS Hosts ICD-10 Webinar

    Aug 06, 2015

    DentaQuest Institute’s Safety Net Solutions program recently hosted a technical assistance webinar on the topic of ICD-10. The webinar was attended by almost 200 SNS clients, making this one of the most successful SNS webinars to date. SNS decided to tackle this difficult topic after seeing an increase in the number of clients posing this question – Does ICD-10 impact dental?

    For this...

  • Dr. Brian Nový returns to Nicaragua as part of "Nica Smiles" project

    Aug 04, 2015

    Dr. Brian Nový, Director of Practice Improvement for the Institute, recently returned from his second trip to Esquipulas Nicaragua where he leads a team of Nicaraguan dental students implementing oral health improvement.

    “I’ve been going to Nicaragua as part of a mission team for nearly a decade.  Two years ago, I was looking around our clinic wondering how many teeth would be pulled...

  • Team Spotlight – the DentaQuest Oral Health Center

    Jul 30, 2015

    Located in Westborough, MA, about 35 miles west of Boston, the DentaQuest Oral Health Center is a 30-second walk down the hallway from the DentaQuest Institute. Participating in the...

  • More Care Learning Session scheduled for August!

    Jul 24, 2015

    6 rural primary care practices have been selected to participate in the first MORE Care learning collaborative. The collaborative has been scheduled for Friday, August 21st. 

    Participating teams will be working to test systems that will lead to  the provision of primary and secondary preventive oral health services in the primary care setting, as well as test an optimal patient-...

  • Dr. Paul Glassman, DQI Board Member, talks about using the Tele-Dentistry Model to care for poor kids

    Jun 25, 2015

    Click the link below to read this important article featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Tele-dentistry model can bring low-cost care to poor kids

    By Paul Glassman
    San Francisco Chronicle
    June 23, 2015

     ...

  • The DCM Collaborative – Teams Are Off and Running!

    Jun 12, 2015

    Fifteen teams from the Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative are off and running in Action Period 1 – where they are collecting data and testing the practices and protocols of disease management for children and adolescents ages six to twenty. Currently, teams are testing processes and figuring out workflows in their local settings. They are building their team and culture, and they...

  • DentaQuest Institute Launches Pilot for the Early Childhood Caries Virtual Practicum

    Jun 05, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute just launched a new virtual program, called the Early Childhood Caries Virtual Practicum, to help dental offices test and implement a disease management approach to managing early childhood caries. The pilot group consists of 21 dental offices across the country who will be participating in monthly webinars, accessing online resources, and networking with each other...

  • DentaQuest Honors Seven Oral Health Leaders As Health Equity Heroes With Inaugural National Award

    May 07, 2015

    BOSTON, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise awareness and the need for collective action to improve oral health nationwide, DentaQuest established the Health Equity Hero Awards to celebrate the efforts of local leaders championing the cause.

    More than 83 million people in the United States face barriers to dental care. These...

  • DentaQuest Institute Presents Early Childhood Caries Work at NOHC

    May 01, 2015

    Adam Richman, Quality Improvement Project Manager at the DentaQuest Institute presented the poster, Not Just Drilling and Filling: Adopting a Disease Management Approach to Manage Early Childhood Caries, at the National Oral Health Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on April 27, 2015.

    Adam shared the...

  • CHIP Passes – But There’s Still More To Be Done

    Apr 29, 2015

    By Steve Pollock, President and Chief Executive Officer, DentaQuest

    On April 14, Congress passed a bill which will ensure that eight million children across the country have continued access to health insurance by extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for two more years. Just a few days later, President Obama signed the bill into law. The CHIP program...

  • Attending the National Oral Health Conference?

    Apr 24, 2015

    Come meet the DentaQuest Institute Team!

    Members of the DentaQuest Institute team will be attending the National Oral Health Conference in Kansas City from Monday, April 27  – Wednesday, April 29! Stop by booth #16 to learn more about all of our programs as well as our Online Learning Center!

    Also, be sure to check out our poster presentation on...

  • Welcome Dr. Sean G. Boynes As Director of Interprofessional Practice

    Apr 24, 2015

    Dr. Sean G. Boynes has joined the DentaQuest Institute as Director of Interprofessional Practice.  Dr. Boynes brings extensive practical experience in connecting oral health with overall health—a practice he believes will have the greatest impact in improving overall health in economically-challenged communities. Dr. Boynes will guide program development and research as well as develop best...

  • Seeking Pilot Sites for the Early Childhood Caries Virtual Practicum

    Apr 13, 2015

    Does your practice see a lot of young patients with Early Childhood Caries (ECC)? The DentaQuest Institute is seeking pilot sites to help us test a new virtual course called the ECC Virtual Practicum, with the goal of helping dental practices test and implement a disease management approach to manage and prevent ECC. The course will teach practices the fundamentals of disease management as...

  • The DCM Collaborative Kicks Off!

    Apr 01, 2015

    In early March, oral health professionals from across the country came together in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the DentaQuest Institute Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative Learning Session 1. There were more than 35 oral health professionals attending from 14 hospitals, community health centers, and private practices, representing a total of 10 states.

    The DCM Collaborative...

  • DENTAQUEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTS STEVEN POLLOCK AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

    Apr 01, 2015

    Board Cites Pollock’s Leadership Skills and Commitment to Customers in Decision

    DentaQuest today announced that Steven Pollock has been appointed as the company’s new president and chief executive officer (CEO) effective April 1, 2015. Pollock, who previously served as DentaQuest’s chief operating officer (COO), will replace Fay Donohue, who announced in...

  • The DentaQuest Institute team will attend the National Oral Health Conference in Kansas City April 27-29, 2015

    Mar 30, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute team will be attending the National Oral Health Conference in Kansas City April 27-29, 2015. Please stop by booth #16 to learn more about our important work including information on the Safety Net Solutions’ program, our Quality Improvement initiatives, the Online Learning Center, and our new MORE Care project focused on integrating oral health in...

  • DQI to present Early Childhood Caries work at NOHC

    Mar 20, 2015

    The DentaQuest Institute will be presenting a poster on our work spreading a chronic disease management approach to manage early childhood caries (ECC) at the 2015 National Oral Health Conference. The conference is scheduled for April 27-29 in Kansas City, MO.

    If you will be attending, please come and visit us on Monday, April 27th  from 4:00-6:00pm in Exhibit Hall A.

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  • Get a Head Start: Prioritizing Our Kids’ Dental Care

    Feb 20, 2015

    By Ralph Fuccillo, MA, President, DentaQuest Foundation

    February is National Children's Dental Health Month. I’d like to highlight an oral health program for children that is seeing some exciting results, which could serve as a leading best practice when it comes to prioritizing...
  • National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee Releases Report

    Dec 03, 2014

    The DentaQuest Institute is excited to announce the release of the report from the National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee. The purpose of the National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee was to develop a “Ten Year Roadmap to Improve the Oral Health of All Using the Tools of Quality and Accountability.” Over a two-year period, with multiple in-person meetings and using an...

  • Donation to local food pantry- Westborough Cares

    Nov 24, 2014

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, the staff at the DentaQuest Oral Health Center and DentaQuest Institute also considered the needs of families in our community and hosted a food collection on behalf of Westborough Cares.

    This Westborough food pantry provides supplemental food support for approximately 90 -100 Westborough families every week. Last year,...

  • A Whole Lot of Learning Going On

    Oct 14, 2014

    Last week oral health professional from across the country came together in Denver, Colorado for the DentaQuest Institute Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Collaborative Learning Session. Collaborative participants engaged in discussions on topics such as Using Data for Improvement, Engaging the Entire Care Team, Other Modalities to Remineralize Caries, Interim Therapeutic Restorations (ITR) and...

  • DentaQuest Institute Launches PrevenTips

    Oct 01, 2014

    The DentaQuest Institute is excited to announce the launch of our PrevenTips video series! PrevenTips are engaging videos that provide educational "nuggets" about your oral health. PrevenTips features the Institute's Director of Practice Improvement, Dr. Brian Novy. With our new website you are now able to view this instructive content on your computer, tablet, and mobile phone…...

  • A must read! Dr. Brian Nový article on saliva as a diagnostic tool

    Jul 10, 2014

    Dr. Brian Nový of the DentaQuest Institute has written an article titled, "Saliva and Biofilm-based Diagnostics: A Critical Review of the Literature Concerning Sialochemistry" for the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.

    Click here to read the abstract or to purchase the full text article.

  • Dr. Brian Nový lecture held at the DentaQuest Institute

    May 20, 2014

    On the evening of May 7th, Dr. Brian Nový delivered a lecture named "Potty Mouth Patients" to a group of local dental hygienists at the Westborough, MA office location.  This free lecture focused on modern caries management and provided participants with two ADA CERP units.  Brian's unique teaching style and sense of humor were enjoyed by all.  Stay tuned to hear about future lecture...

  • New video available! Why it is important to see a dentist as a young child

    Apr 24, 2014

    Listen to Dr. Charlie Czerepak, Team Lead for Pine Dental in Chicago, IL, a team participating in our ECC Phase III Learning Collaborative, talk about the importance of seeing a dentist early in life.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/9892358-healthwatch-study-shows-tooth-...

  • ECC Collaborative Published in the International Journal of Dentistry

    Apr 02, 2014

    The article highlights the DentaQuest Institute Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Collaborative demonstrating the effectiveness of disease management and prevention in young children.  Click here to read the full article.

  • Yankee Dental Congress presentations now available in the Resource Library

    Feb 11, 2014

    These four presentations were part of the Community Health Center Dentistry Track.  This session was moderated by Dr. Mark Doherty, DMD, and sponsored by The DentaQuest Institute, The Mass Dental Society and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

    Presentations include the following: Dr Huong Le, DDS, President of the National Network of Community Health Centers who...

  • DQI hosts kick-off meeting for ECC Phase III Cohort B

    Jan 23, 2014

    DQI hosted a kick-off meeting for ECC Phase III Cohort B with New York State Department of Public Health (NYSDOH) and the Oral Health Technical Assistance Center in Rochester, NY last month. NYSDOH, led by Dr. Jay Kumar, coordinated a one day meeting to onboard five teams from western New York to participate in ECC Phase III. NYSDOH is especially interested in western NY because those...

  • DentaQuest Institute Names 2013 Safety Net Solutions Centers of Excellence

    Dec 11, 2013

    The DentaQuest Institute named five organizations their 2013 Safety Net Solutions Centers of Excellence for their commitment to providing high-quality care to their patients, displaying leadership and excellence in practice management and improving the...

  • DentaQuest is supporting the Arizona Mission of Mercy Event

    Dec 11, 2013

    DentaQuest will donate $10,000 and volunteer staff time at the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation’s Mission of Mercy (MOM) event, a free dental care clinic on December 13 and 14 at the Arizona Fairgrounds in Phoenix, AZ.

    The MOM event is expected to...

  • Contracting with Private Practice Dentists: Partnerships for Access on SOHSN-Oral-Health webinar offering!

    Dec 05, 2013

    Time: January 7, 2014 from 2pm to 3:30pm
    Location: http://iweb.nachc.com/Conference/RegistrationProcessOverview.aspx?Id=578
    Organized By: Cindy Thomas

    Event Description:

    In 2009, the CHIP Reauthorization Act...

  • DentaQuest Institute Announces New Hires in Massachusetts

    Nov 19, 2013

    The DentaQuest Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Brian Nový, Cindy Hannon and Dr. Biyi Ogunjimi to its team working on quality improvement strategies. The Institute takes a hands-on approach, working with oral health care professionals to support them in the care they provide to patients by developing and validating science-based protocols...

  • The DentaQuest Institute Announces the Launch of ECC Phase III

    Jun 28, 2013

    Learn more about the ECC Collaborative by viewing a recording of the informational webinar that took place on Monday, June 24 at 3:00pm ET. On this call faculty outlined the collaborative process and answered questions about participating in the collaborative. View the webinar by clicking...

  • Rob Compton, DDS, featured in June 2013 issue of Medical Home News

    Jun 18, 2013

    Click this link to read the media clip from the June 2013 issue of Medical Home News featuring Dr. Compton’s ECC byline. You can also read the full issue of the newsletter by clicking here.

  • Rob Compton, DDS, Executive Director of the DentaQuest Institute speaks at Massachusetts Dental Society’s Oral Health Summit

    Jun 07, 2013

    Recognizing the changes to oral health care that will result from the current focus on health care delivery and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) convened an Oral Health Summit today. As leaders in the field, Ralph Fuccillo, DentaQuest Chief Mission Officer...

  • Dr. Mark Doherty featured in recent issue of Tufts Alumni Magazine

    Jun 07, 2013

    DentaQuest Institute’s Dr. Mark Doherty, Executive Director of Safety Net Solutions sees the young immigrant that he mentored, Thanh-Trang Nguyen grow into the position he once held. To read the full article, click here.

  • A Vision for the Future of Oral Health

    Apr 10, 2013

    In June of 2012, the DentaQuest Institute embarked on an initiative to develop a national strategy for quality in oral health care with the formation of the National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee.  The Committee is comprised of national leaders from dentistry, medicine, academia, business, government, and philanthropy who are tasked with developing a roadmap for an oral health...

  • Continued Learning and Data Collection to Eliminate Dental Disease

    Jan 10, 2013

    The Elimination of Dental Disease (EDD) Collaborative is building of the success of a learning session held in Boston, MA in February. Five community health centers (CHC) from five states met to learn and share knowledge on oral disease management and prevention. Clinical protocols for self-management goal setting and risk assessment tools were the focus of much of the discussion, but quality...

  • Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Phase III Planning and Launch

    Jan 08, 2013

    The ECC Collaborative uses an evidence-based disease management approach to manage and reduce caries progress in children younger than 60 months of age who present with early childhood caries. The aim of the Collaborative is to spread the practices and protocols of disease management of ECC, including, risk assessment, risk-based recall, fluoride use and self-management goal setting, in...

  • Safety Net Solutions Joins First 5 LA Community Dental Home Project

    Jan 08, 2013

    The UCLA School of Dentistry has engaged the DentaQuest Institute's Safety Net Solutions program to join it in the First 5 LA 21st Century Community Dental Homes Project to improve the oral health of children at high-risk for early dental disease in underserved population groups.

    Safety Net Solutions is working with twelve...

  • SNS Expands Technical Assistance in Missouri

    Jan 03, 2013

    The Missouri Foundation for Health has partnered with Safety Net Solutions to work with 15 safety net dental programs in Missouri. SNS will be providing technical assistance to each dental program to assist them in increasing access to care, and improving financial stability and oral health outcomes.

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Welcome!

The DentaQuest Institute is committed to improving oral health care for all. We are a national, non-profit organization providing clinical care and practice management solutions that help providers improve oral health.

We work with clinical partners across the country to develop and implement more effective approaches to prevent and manage oral disease.