Capitol Dental Care

Transformation Funded Teledentistry Pilot Kicks off in rural Polk County

This month Meagan Kintz, an expanded practice dental hygienist, packed up her “virtual dental home” and brought teledentistry to an elementary school cafeteria. The first student received preventive cleaning, fluoride and sealants as part of a new teledentistry pilot project in Independence, Oregon funded under a grant and Clinical Innovation Fellowship through the Oregon Health Authority’s federal State Innovation Model grant.

“People just can’t access care,” Kintz said. “I hope this (pilot) spreads statewide.”

Dental Hygienists Want Pair of Bills to Clarify Their Enhanced Practices

Two bills introduced by Sen. Fred Girod, a dentist, would give clearer authority for dental hygienists to practice in Oregon as they have already been doing. One restores their right to prescribe fluoride and antimicrobials; the other refines the state law governing their practices, but faces opposition from Capitol Dental.

The Oregon Dental Hygienists Association is pushing two bills intended to clean up bureaucratic snafus and ensure that the liberal scope-of-practice given to hygienists under Oregon law in 2011 can work effectively in dental practices.

Oregon Praised for Transforming Healthcare System

Capitol Dental opens a pilot project in Sweet Home to avoid emergency room visits for dental problems.

National health reform leaders praised Oregon for its pioneering efforts to experiment with coordinated care organizations, and the 16 Oregon CCOs shared what they’re learning about community health improvement plans, reimbursement reform, integrating dental and mental with physical health and ot

Capitol Dental Care Owned by Global Investment Firm

The dental care organization provides services to nearly 200,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan

August 16, 2012 -- The for-profit world has a stronghold on Oregon’s Medicaid market when it comes to dental care. That became very evident when a global investment firm, H.I.G. Capitol, announced earlier this month that it had acquired Capitol Dental Care.

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