DrBicuspid.com: Medicaid Data Show Kids' Dental Visits on the Rise
August 8, 2012 02:43 PM
School-based oral health programs and an emphasis on creating a dental and/or medical home have a positive impact on overall dental care among Medicaid children in the U.S., according to a new study in Pediatrics (June 4, 2012).
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry used Medicaid research files and information from the CMS 416 Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment forms (Medicaid Analytic Extract) for 2002 and 2007 to evaluate the prevalence of dental care visits among Medicaid-enrolled children ages birth to 18. They stratified the data by age, race, type of health plan, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) status.
"To our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate the prevalence of dental care by using paid Medicaid claims," the study authors wrote. "Consistent with other reports, levels of dental care visits were low; but when the number of visits was stratified by age and type plan, striking patterns emerged, suggesting that a combination of school programs and having a medical home may have a positive impact on dental care."
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