Register for OrOHC's 9th Annual Fall Conference

Registration is now open for Oregon Oral Health Coalition's Fall Conference

Embracing Partnerships in Integrated Care: Oregon Oral Health Strategic Plan

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October 3, 2014
8:30am to 3:30pm

Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Donald Chi, DDS, PhD

Dr. Donald Chi is an Assistant Professor or Oral Health Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and devotes his extramural clinical practice to treating Alaska Native children in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.  He received national accolades from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry for his dissertation research, which focused on dental care use for Medicaid-enrolled children with chronic health conditions.  Dr. Chi's current research program is focused on the behavioral determinants of dental care utilization for Medicaid-enrolled children.  He is the first dentist and University of Washington faculty member to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, which funds his basic social science research interest in how neighborhoods influence oral health outcomes for low-income adolescents.

Oregon Oral Health Strategic Plan
This year's OrOHC conference features the launch of the Oregon Oral Health Strategic Plan.  The plan was designed to be the driving force in Oregon for policymakers, philanthropic organizations and local communities who join in pursuit of better oral health and general health for all Oregonians.  The plan highlights objectives, strategies and specific activities that various stakeholders can address that will deliver better care, better health and lower costs.

Key issues dealing with systems of care and prevention, infrastructure and emerging workforce models will be discussed.

8:30-9:00 - Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00-9:15 - Introductions
9:15-10:15 - Keynote Speaker
10:30-12:00 - Infrastructure
12:00-12:30 - Awards/Announcements
12:30-1:15 - Lunch
1:15-2:15 - Prevention and Systems of Care
2:15-3:15 - Workforce and Capacity
3:15-3:30 - Next steps with Oral Health Strategic Plan

Professionals from every corner of the state will join national and local health experts to explore emerging health care changes and multidisciplinary integration efforts facing Oregonians today.

Your registration fee includes all conference materials, and continental breakfast and lunch!

The Grand Hotel in Salem Group Rate
Call (877) 540-7800 to make your overnight reservations, and identify yourself as an OrOHC Conference attendee to secure your discounted rate.  The last day to reserve overnight stay at the discounted rate is 9/5/14.

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Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities are available.  Contact Tony Finch, OrOHC Executive Director, to learn more at, Philip Giles at

We are pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente will be this year's Title Sponsor of OrOHC and our 2014 Fall Conference!

We also appreciate addition sponsorships from the following organizations:


OrOHC's Motivational Interviewing and Baby Smiles Lunch and Learn Webinar

The Oregon Oral Health Coalition's (OrOHC) First Teeth First Committee Recap of our August 2014 Lunch and Learn Webinar

Thank you to all 156 registrants for taking time out of your busy schedules to learn more about motivational interviewing (MI) and the Baby Smiles Project and how MI can help your organization, community, and patient outcomes. 

A special thank you to our presenters:  Ariel Singer, MPH, Program and Training Director for OHSU's Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Dr. Peter Milgrom DDS, Professor of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington's Baby Smiles Project.  Presenter materials and a recording of the webinar are located at the bottom of this recap article.

The presentation focused on the basics of MI techniques and how MI was successful in the Baby Smiles Project.  The Baby Smiles Project aims to provide better utilization of preventive dental care and improve the oral health of rural, low-income pregnant and postpartum women and their children and to increase the number of oral health practices taken in by these women to prevent caries in their young children.

OrOHC's First Teeth First Committee, previously known as our Early Childhood Caries and Prevention Committee, is dedicated to developing programs and resources for the prevention of early childhood caries.  The First Teeth First Committee works in collaboration with many stakeholders and communities to address oral health issues and prevention from as early as pregnancy through the preschool years.  You can learn more about the First Teeth First Committee and how you can become engaged by visiting here.

Speaker suggested MI reading materials:

  • "Motivating Your Dental Patient" - The workbook is available by contacting Dr. Weinstein directly  A one time electronic copy that can be printed is $35, and a hard copy is available for $40 plus shipping.
  • Third edition of the "MI Bible"
  • "MI Practitioner Workbook"


Changes in Flouride Varnish Billing Affect Many Sites

We have been asked by several sites about the changes in billing for fluoride varnish with the CCO transformation.  We asked Dee Weston, Medicaid Policy Analyst from DMAP, to help explain the billing changes.

"If the child receiving the service is enrolled in a CCO, and that CCO is coordinating the child's dental and general medical care, then the office should bill the CCO.  In that case, the CCO has already been paid to provide service as part of the global budget for the child.

Over the past year, CCOs have been taking on more responsibilities and adding dental to their services by signing contracts with area DCOs.  All should be in place by July 1, 2014.

The next part may be "TMI", but the level of service integration is coded by CCO type.  If you ever see or hear something about a "CCOA", that is a CCO that is coordinating/managing general medical, mental health, and dental.  A CCOB is just general medical and mental health (but not dental).  With CCOB's it is appropriate for the pediatrician to bill DMAP for topical fluoride varnish because it is considered a dental service.  As CCOA's become the norm, we adjusted our rules to reflect the change.  If the child is in a CCOA, the physician should bill the CCO.  If the child is in any other type of CCO (such as a CCOB,) the physician should bill DMAP."
Dee Weston

As with the rest of the CCO transformation, the integration of dental will have many ongoing changes.  OrOHC will keep you posted of those changes particularly as they affect medical and dental offices billing for fluoride varnish and for oral assessment of the patient.  All previously First Tooth trained organizations will receive an update on the new rules via email and we will post the new rules on our website once they are established.


Oral Health Workforce Workgroup (SB-738)

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 for more information.


Oral Health Funders Collaborative Study of Oregon Emergency Room Department Dental Visits

A new study of emergency department (ED) visits in Oregon finds that dental problems drive 77 patients every day to emergency departments across the state.

Dental problems represent the second most common ED discharge diagnosis in adults (ages 20-39) after abdominal pain.  Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured are at particularly high risk for ED dental visits.  The visits are associated with a 25% repeat visit rate for the same problem, and account for $8 million in statewide hospital costs annually.

Read the full report here.


Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon

Over the past year, a group of oral health advocates from across the state have been working to develop a strategic plan for oral health in Oregon.  Leaders from the Oregon Oral Health Coalition, the Oral Health Funders Collaborative and the Oregon Health Authority came together to launch the process because the last plan was created in 2006.

A series of meetings occurred to gather stakeholder and community input on the priorities of the plan.  Three focus areas emerged:  Infrastructure, Prevention and Systems of Care, and Workforce Capacity. 

The plan was designed to be a guide for policymakers, philanthropic organizations and local communities that want ideas about how to improve oral health in Oregon.  It highlights objectives, strategies and specific activities that various stakeholders can address that will deliver better care, better health and lower costs for Oregonians of all ages, backgrounds and regions.  Recommendations range from proven interventions such as water fluoridation and school-based sealant programs, to emerging solutions such as teledentistry and pilot programs for workforce development. 

New resources, new paradigms, and statewide momentum make this an ideal time to optimize our state's oral health.  In particular, the combined emergence of health system transformation and national health reform provides an exciting window of opportunity for achieving lasting improvements.  The plan will be completed this summer and presented at the Oregon Oral Health Coalition's Annual Fall Conference. 


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