dental care

Oregon’s Indian Tribes Experiment with New Mid-Level Dental Providers

Dental health aide therapists are trained to cover 50 procedures that a full dentist can do, helping poorly served native communities increase access. But the dental system in general is plagued by an approach that triages the symptoms of disease rather than preventing and eradicating tooth infections.

Oregon’s Indian tribes are testing a new mid-level dental provider -- a dental health aide therapist -- to close gaps to access that have long plagued the native community.

Hayden Criticizes Bureaucratic Hurdles to Get Dental Care for Poor Women

The ranking Republican on the House Health Committee has grown impatient with the Health Authority’s protracted response to his queries about poor dental care access for women who receive Medicaid because of pregnancy. This may be the only time these women can afford to see a dentist, and fix oral health problems that are critical for the health of their babies.

Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Cottage Grove, said the Oregon Health Authority has a financial incentive to delay moving pregnant women into coordinated care organizations, which may have prevented these women from getting access to the full array of health benefits available to them.

Health Share of Oregon Doesn't Anticipate Provider Shortage

Council meeting also addressed dental benefits, non-emergency medical transportation


September 11, 2013 – Health Share of Oregon has added Kaiser Permanente to its roster of dental providers, CEO Janet Meyer told the coordinated care organization's community advisory council at its monthly meeting last week.

Flares Still Brewing Over Integration of Dental Care

The decision about when and how to integrate dental care into the coordinated care movement is likely to face the legislative assembly

January 30, 2013 -- Mike Shirtcliff insists he’s not trying to derail the transformation process and says that he supports the integration of dental care into coordinated care organizations, better known as CCOs. He just wants to make certain patient care isn’t sidelined by the process. Currently, 650,000 people on Medicaid receive physical and mental health services from the 15 CCOs throughout Oregon.

Petition Delays Integration of Dental Services into CCOs

Now state officials must wait until June 2013 before dental care can become part of the transformation process

October 11, 2012 -- Dental care is off the radar screen for the time being. State officials had been preparing to integrate dental services into the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) on January 1, and had finalized a memorandum of understanding to seek approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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.

Central City Concern, Multnomah County Partner to Open Dental Clinic

The clinic, in its early planning stages, hopes to begin seeing patients as early as this fall

March 26, 2012 -- Central City Concern and the Multnomah County Health Department have joined forces to open a safety net dental clinic in downtown Portland for the uninsured and people on the Oregon Health Plan. 

The clinic is expected to open this fall.

The county runs several dental clinics on the inner east side and in Gresham, including a clinic on SE 44th and Powell, but none are close to the downtown area.

Free 2-day Dental Clinic in Portland

November 18, 2011 -- The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) is hosting its second Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM) free dental clinic November 21st & 22nd at the Oregon Convention Center.

Just like last year, dental screenings and services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, at no charge to those who attend. “Last year just proved to us what we already knew; there is a great need for access to critical dental care,” stated the 2011 OrMOM Chair, Dr. Jill Price.

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