National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee

National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee

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 care system that improves the oral health of all using the tools of quality and accountability. The Committee was formed out of the ideas presented in the report compiled by Dr. Paul Glassman, (who serves as the Committee Chair and also is a member of the DentaQuest Institute Board) and funded by the Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, “Developing a Vision for Oral Health Quality Improvement in an Era of Accountability”.

The Committee has developed a report that makes recommendations for actions to apply the strategies developed in this process to move the current system toward the desired vision for 2023.  Below is the report of the National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee.

Report of the National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee (PDF)

Quality Improvement in an Era of Accountability

The U.S. healthcare system is undergoing monumental changes. We have entered the "Era of Accountability" with the advent of "pay for performance" experiments, “accountable care organizations,” and the call for "value-based care."

Driving this change is the dramatic escalation in total healthcare spending with poor health outcomes compared to other countries, the large variability in cost and care with no apparent benefits, and the large disparities in health outcomes experienced by various populations.

In January 2012, the DentaQuest Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation hosted leaders in the dental profession, dental education, medicine, government, financing, philanthropy, quality improvement, and consumer advocacy for a dialogue on utilizing a quality improvement framework for ensuring that all people in the United States have access to quality oral health care.

Dr. Paul Glassman DDS, MA, MBA, Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, provided a brief overview of the key findings and themes of a new multi-contributor report entitled, Oral Health Quality Improvement in an Era of Accountability (PDF).

Presentations

Breaking Open a Wider Vision
Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH, Health Research & Educational Trust
Healthcare Quality Improvement; A Decade of Lessons (PDF)

Innovation is a Reality
Man Wai Ng, DDS, MPH, Children’s Hospital Boston
Risk-based Disease Management of ECC (PDF)

Robert Compton, DDS, DentaQuest
Improving Oral Health through our PreventistrySM Approach (PDF)

David Gesko, DDS, Health Partners, Inc.
Oral Health Improvement in an Era of Accountability (PDF)

Oral Health Quality Improvement in an Era of Accountability
Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Overview of Key Findings and Themes (PDF)

Translating Vision to Oral Health
Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH, Children’s Dental Health Project
In Search of Actionable Options to Promote Accountable Oral Health Care (PDF)

Ralph Fuccillo, DentaQuest Foundation
A Systems Framework for Improving Oral Health (PDF)

Driving Change Forward
Beth Mertz, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Developing a Vision (PDF)