Florida Oral Health Alliance Articles of Interest

Oral Health Status of Florida’s Third Grade Children 2013-2014 

The Florida Department of Health also has available dentist and dental hygienist workforce reports.

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Collective Impact 2011

Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations

Achieving “Collective Impact” with Results-Based Accountability™

Collective Impact and RBA


Access to Oral Health Care 

The Oral Health Care System: A State-by-State Analysis American Dental Association Health Policy Institute

Florida’s Oral Health Care System

Health Policy Perspectives: The Booming Medicaid Market

Barriers to Care-Seeking for Children’s Oral Health Among Low-Income Caregivers

Consumer Engagement

Improving Quality Health Care: The Role of Consumer Engagement

A Seat at the Table: Consumer Engagement Strategies Essential to the Success of State Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects

Oral Health Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to release three new resources to support state Medicaid agencies and their contracted health plans to develop Medicaid oral health Performance Improvement Projects:

  1. Medicaid Oral Health PIPs:  A Template (“PIP template”)
  2. Medicaid Oral Health PIPs:  A How-To Manual for States
  3. Medicaid Oral Health PIPs:  A How-To Manual for Health Plans

Improving the oral health of children in Medicaid and CHIP continues to be a priority for CMS and for states across the nation. PIPs are an important strategy for states with managed care programs looking to enhance their oral health care delivery systems.

We hope that states will use these resources to develop oral health PIPs that can:

  • Create significant improvement in a state’s Medicaid delivery system;
  • Facilitate data-driven, effective interventions in administration and at the point of oral health care delivery;
  • Maximize the strengths of each health plan and leverage local oral health priorities and resources;
  • Ensure plan accountability through incorporation into health plan contract requirements; and
  • Leverage the expertise of external entities, such as External Quality Review Organizations, which already provide analytic support to state Medicaid managed care programs.

As described in the two how-to manuals, the PIP template can be customized by state Medicaid agency staff to meet the state’s objectives in the areas of children’s oral health, quality improvement, and/or managed care oversight, and subsequently be used by health plan staff for intervention implementation.

These and other resources have been developed through the CMS Oral Health Initiative, a federal effort to advance improvements in children’s oral health by providing performance data, tools, and technical assistance to states and their oral health stakeholders. We invite you to share them with others interested in advancing these goals.

CMS is readying the launch of a learning collaborative for states interested in using these new tools in a learning environment. For any questions regarding the learning collaborative or these resources, please contact Laurie Norris, Senior Policy Advisor at CMS, at laurie.norris@cms.hhs.gov.