Advantage Dental is Not Selling Out

August 17, 2012 -- Due to the implementation of a new health care delivery system created by the Oregon Health Authority and the State of Oregon, called Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO’s), as called for under HB 3650 and SB 1580, Advantage Dental has been having talks with various organizations about how to deal
with the future of Medicaid dental care in the state. These discussions have led to rumors of the dissolution, merger or acquisition of Advantage Dental, which are untrue. Advantage’s strategy is to collaborate with other significant players in a way which enhances and perpetuates its position in this important market.

There have been conversations with Pacific Source Health Plans; Interdent (parent company of Capitol Dental); Oregon Dental Service, Western Oregon Advanced Health of Coos Bay; Umpqua Health Alliance of Roseburg; All-Care of Grants Pass; Trillium of Lane County and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health of The Dalles—among others. These conversations have been about various, possible business relationships and Advantage Dental’s role in the transition to the CCO model and what effect breaking the State into 14 – 15 regional CCOs will have on the delivery of Medicaid and other types of dental care.

Being one of the few Statewide Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) Managed Care Organizations or MCOs, and a creative Dental Care organization, Advantage Dental has worked hard at transforming the oral health delivery system. Advantage Dental is concerned that this reorganization may be a threat to the hard work being done in dental care and is working to make sure that continuity of care is not interrupted during this transition.

“Advantage Dental sees itself as a large and important part of the transformation of oral and overall health care. Advantage Dental is having a lot of conversations with a lot of different industry leaders.” said Dr. Mike Shirtcliff, founder and President/CEO of Advantage Dental.

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