OrOHC in partnership with OHSU School of Dentistry have begun putting together individuals who were involved in the beginning of SB-738 as well as new stakeholders to renew the discussions of pilot projects and obtaining funding for OHA's Oral Health Unit to administer the pilot projects.
The workgroup has met twice and established that there is considerable interest around the state in moving forward with SB-738. The first meeting established a range of pilot projects that organizations are ready to begin with such as: CDHC Model, EPDH with additional skills, Virtual Dental Home Model and teledentistry were some suggestions. Our second meeting had presentations from Dr. Glassman, University of the Pacific, Elizabeth DiLauro and John Grant, PEW Charitable Trusts, on workforce models in California and around the country.
Originally, the OrOHC Board, Oregon Dental Association, Northwest Health Foundation, and other various stakeholders convened a taskforce to develop a RDH Therapist concept and began researching the California Pilot Project Model and aimed it to fit Oregon's needs. Additionally this idea was taken to the road and further possibilities were discussed with various stakeholders around the state and were incorporated into the plan. A legislative champion, Sen. Anderson, agreed to move this project forward and in 2011 the legislation passed. One major issue in passing the bill is that it has to be revenue neutral. So the Oral Health Unit was tasked with SB-738 without any funding. There were also no funds available for pilot projects that are provisioned within the bill.
Since the administrative rules have now been written, we need to move forward. Currently, a smaller steering group is putting together an abstract for a planning grant from Kaiser Permanente. The planning grant will allow for the coordination and collaboration of creating pilot projects, establishing timelines, and identifying funding resources.
At this time The Oral Health Unit is developing a process to accept, review, and approve the pilot project applications and ongoing monitoring of the projects including patient safety and quality assurance, data collection, and project evaluation. Pilot Project applications cannot be accepted until a review and approval process has been set up. There is an opportunity to redefine the dental workforce and increase access and care to every corner of our state as a timeline for this process is established and pilot project planning begins. OrOHC looks forward to being a part of that process.
We encourage your participation in this endeavor, please contact Phil Giles at email@example.com for more information.