Dr. Bruce Austin, Oregon’s Dental Director, kicked off this year’s Spring Planning Summit at the Oregon Oral Health Coalition (OrOHC) where data was presented looking at both national and local trends showing that oral health disease is the second leading health care cost in America at nearly $162 billion dollars a year – only surpassed by the cost of heart disease.
"Treating young children under the age of nine represents the highest cost in dental care," said Dr. Rob Compton, CEO of the DentaQuest Institute and keynote speaker. Data also shows early prevention pays off with better health and substantial cost savings if started in infancy and continued through early childhood.
Oregon’s single dental metric is for sealants for children 6-9 and 10-14 years old. Oregon falls below the national average of the percentage of applied sealants in this age group, coming in about 12.5% of the eligible students in the Medicaid population. "Out of 76,000 eligible children Oregon in 2013, almost 42,000 saw the dentist," said Compton. He pointed out that in Oregon only 10,700 children received sealants, indicating that there were missed opportunities for prevention.
Dr. Ron Stock, Director of Clinical Innovation in the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), provided a history and overview of the Transformation Center. Together with Innovator Agents, the center is available for guidance and support to the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) and communities, while still allowing for innovation and unique methodologies for achieving the Triple Aim. Stock also stressed the goal for total transparency in services and costs. Joell Archibald, an Innovator Agent with OHA, spoke of the Community Advisory Councils (CAC) in each CCO and the fact that consumers make up 51% of the membership.
Dr. Mike Plunkett, Senior Director for Dental Care Delivery with Kaiser Permanente, provided background on how metrics were selected, and the reason why sealants were selected as the first dental metric for the state. Sarah Bartelmann, an OHA Policy Analyst working with the Metrics Committee, gave an overview of metrics and measurements in Oregon for health care in general along with sharing the potential short list of considerations for another dental metric in 2016. All the presenters and panel members addressed questions and comments by the attendees.
OrOHC board members led breakout sessions in the afternoon where attendees offered up a host of good ideas on how we might work together to improve oral health for all Oregonians.
Dr. Compton’s PPT presentation the Transformation Center team's presentation are available for download in the attached Documents below.