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Quality Improvement

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Operations Manual for Health Center Oral Health Programs: Chapter 6 – Quality

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This chapter explores two facets of an oral health quality program: quality assurance (QA) and quality improvement (QI).

 

Diagnostic Codes in Health Center-Safety-Net Oral Health Programs

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This report highlights findings of an environmental scan conducted in June 2012 to assess the knowledge base and current scope of usage of diagnostic codes.
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Diagnostic Codes Fact Sheet

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This document provides a summary of a conference call on diagnostic code usage, benefits and barriers of integrating diagnostic codes in Health Center oral health programs.
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Characteristics of a Quality Oral Health-Dental Program

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This factsheet lists 8 characteristics of successful Health Center oral health programs.
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Establishing Dental Treatment Guidelines for Adult Patients with Uncontrolled Hypertension Attending Acute Care

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This promising practice describes how Choptank Community Health System established dental treatment guidelines for adult patients with uncontrolled hypertension who were attending acute care.
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Integrated Pediatric Health Home Project: A Caries Prevention Project for Pediatric Medical / Dental Patients

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This promising practice describes how El Rio Community Health Center instituted an integrated, preventive approach to caries prevention utilizing the pediatric medical and dental professional staff, while simultaneously increasing access to care.

 

Scheduling to Increase Treatment Plan Completion Rates

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In this promising practice, the dental department at Clinica Family Health Services in Denver, CO, describes how they used a quality improvement tool to implement a new scheduling template, with the goal of increasing treatment plan completion rates. 
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Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement

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This publication, developed by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (2012), presents a consensus statement that resulted from an expert workgroup meeting convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association held on October 18, 2011, in Washington, DC. The consensus statement provides guidance on oral health care for pregnant women for both prenatal care health professionals and oral health professionals, pharmacological considerations for pregnant women, and guidance for health professionals to share with pregnant women.

 

Oral Health Integration in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Environment

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This 2012 white paper, prepared to support the work of the Funders Oral Health Policy Group by Qualis Health, presents case studies of four Community Health Centers that have taken steps to have medical and dental delivery systems work more closely together and to incorporate oral health in their quality improvement processes. Drawing on insights from these case studies as well as national literature on this subject this paper identifies key lessons learned.
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Special Care: An Oral Health Professional’s Guide to Serving Young Children with Special Health Care Needs

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This resource, developed by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, is a series of five modules is designed to provide oral health professionals with information to help ensure that young children with special health care needs have access to health promotion and disease prevention services that address their unique oral health needs in a comprehensive, family-centered, and community-based manner. CE credit is available.
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Smiles for Life

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Developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health, the Smiles for Life curriculum is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.
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ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry

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The ADA’s EBD website provides systematically assessed evidence as tools and resources to support dentists’ clinical decisions.
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Dental Quality Alliance

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The DQA is an organization of major stakeholders in oral health care delivery that will use a collaborative approach to develop oral health care measures.
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Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals

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This e-learning program provides oral health professionals with basic knowledge and skills related to cultural and linguistic competency, based on the HHS Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards).
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