2024 National Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP
Oral Health Symposium

May 5-7, 2024

Conference Venue

Belle Haven Country Club

6023 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22307

(703) 329-1448

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Host Hotel

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The Alexandrian Hotel

480 King Street
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 549-6080

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Association and the Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association. The American Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The American Dental Association designates this activity for 11.5 credit hours continuing education credits.

2021-2022 Symposium & Annual Business Meeting

Advancing Oral Health Equity through 
Inclusion, Access, Accountability, and Artificial Intelligence
10.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


10:00—10:15  PRESIDENTS’ WELCOME:  Alani Jackson, California DHCS
10:15—11:00  KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 
Focusing on Equity in Oral Healthcare—Why Now and How?                             
Our Keynote speaker will address Equity from the federal perspective and what it means for oral healthcare and stakeholders working in the government space.
  • Natalia Chalmers, DDS, MHSc, PhD, Chief Dental Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Sponsor: Elevate Oral Care 
11:00—12:30  SESSION 1: Understanding the Problems 
Session I will open with a video developed and published by students from the Spanish Filmmaking class at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts. Each year students partner with community groups to develop a video promoting social justice. This year the HC students partnered with MSDA to ‘Give Voice’ to adult Medicaid beneficiaries.
Attendees will learn why access to dental care is so important to these individuals. Dr. Renee Joskow will follow. Her presentation will address barriers and challenges to achieving equitable oral health from the policy and program perspectives. She will provide highlights from the recently released 2021 NIH Oral Health Report. 
  • “Giving Voice
  • Renée Joskow DDS, MPH, FAGD, FACD, FICD, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH     
  • Sponsor: MCNA Dental                                                                                                                
1:30—3:00  SESSION 2: Identifying Solutions: Inclusion and Access 
Problems in Medicaid are multi-pronged, and as such need a multi-pronged approach to solve. In Session 2 we will lay out potential strategies for solving issues related to inclusion and access. Medicaid administrators and contract vendors will provide innovative examples of how their programs are addressing these issues. 
  • Moderator:     Marty Dellapenna, RDH, MEd—MSDA Policy Center Director    
  • Panelist:         Michele Griguts, DDS—NYSDPH Dental Director    
  • Panelist:         Alani Jackson, MPA--CA DHCS
  • Panelist:         Sam Zwetchkenbaum, DMD, MPH--RI EOHHS
  • Panelist:         Sarah Finne, DMD, MPHA   
  • Sponsor:        Delta Dental of South Dakota                                                                                            
3:30—5:00  SESSION 3:  Ensuring Network Adequacy 
Session 3 will explore Network Adequacy. Panelists will address the questions: What constitutes Network Adequacy?  How is it measured? Are such measures consistent across States—across oral health plans?  How can administrators ensure that their dental provider networks are truly adequate? Themes such as sufficient number/rate of providers, specialty provider number/rates, geographic location, satisfactory reimbursement rates, administrative solutions, performance measurement, and credentialling will all be covered. 
  • Panelist:     Garett Bird, Avesis—A Guardian Company
  • Panelist:     Sid Whitman, DDS, American Dental Association
  • Sponsor:     Bedford Healthcare Solutions
 Advancing Oral Health Equity through 
Inclusion, Access, Accountability, and Artificial Intelligence

DAY 2: Wednesday, 
January 12th, 2022      

10:00—10:30  SESSION 4: Adapting to Change as a Result of COVID
What We’ve Learned; What’s Next   
Session 4 will address the changes that have taken place across Medicaid programs, and in dentistry as a discipline since the emergence of COVID. Our Keynote will address lessons learned, progress, new strategies for working with government agencies and what we can expect in the foreseeable future.
  • Timothy Ricks, DMD, MPH; Rear Admiral (RADM), Assistant Surgeon General—USDHHS
  • Sponsor: Delta Dental of Iowa
10:30—11:30  SESSION 5: Assessing Quality and Equity 
in Medicaid Programs & Oral Healthcare                
In Session 5 attendees will learn more about assessing quality and equity in health outcomes. Speakers will address, the need for utilizing true diagnostic coding in dentistry and the measures of equity in both oral healthcare and oral health outcomes. Attendees will hear from government officials on how to move in this direction when administrating and evaluating Medicaid dental programs across the States. 
  • Mary E. Foley, MPH, MSDA Executive Director  
  • Sponsor:  Avesis-A Guardian Company                                                                                                  
12:00—1:00  SESSION 6: Gaining Input through Member Self-Assessment 
In Session 6, attendees will learn of a new Oral Health Equity Self-Assessment tool for use by both Medicaid beneficiaries and program administrators. Attendees will hear why the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise elected to develop such a tool, how the tool was developed with key stakeholders, the survey framework and questions, and how it will be operationalized using an interactive electronic platform to deliver key reports to individual members, contract vendors and the State Medicaid dental programs.                       

Part I:  The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise Member Self-Assessment Initiative: Background and Regulation 
  • Panelist:           Heather Miller, IME Dental Program Manager
 Part 2: Development of the Member Self-Assessment
  • Panelist:           Gretchen Hageman, Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Panelist:           Sabrina Johnson, Regional Operations Manager, MCNA-Dental Wellness Plan
 Part III: Operationalizing the Member Self-Assessment Tool
  • Panelist:           Joe Errante, DDS, CEO & Dental Director, PreViser
  • Panelist:           Shane Gildnes, VP Technology, PreViser
  • Sponsor:          SKYGEN
1:30—2:30  SESSION 7:  Employing Digital Technology and 
Artificial Intelligence 
to Promote Oral Health Equity 
Artificial intelligence is reaching the far corners of business and healthcare. In this session attendees will learn of the innovative ways in which AI is contributing to Medicaid dental program management of health information; improved diagnostics, decision support, predictive analytics, standardized and objective patient information, operational efficiencies, digital workflows, claim submission accuracies, provider performance; and program integrity.
  • Panelist:           Shirley-Anne Spater, DDS, SKYGEN
  • Panelist:           Josh Filo, SKYGEN
  • Panelist:           Shaju Puthussery, Overjet 
  • Sponsor:          Hawaii Dental Services
3:00—4:00  SESSION 8:  Clinical Perspective and Evidence Update 
This session will highlight the emergence of Povidone-Iodine added to Fluoride Varnish for use in preventive dentistry.  The speaker will discuss its indications for use and scientific evidence around its efficacy in preventing dental caries. There will be a discussion regarding the available CDT code(s) for delivering such a treatment and suggestions for policy and benefits at the State and vendor levels. 
  • Peter Milgrom, DDS 
  • Sponsor: PREVISER
4:00—4:30  SESSION 9: DC Federal and Legislative Update                                                                       
Session 9 will provide an update on Federal legislation and regulation effecting Medicaid dental programs, contract vendors, providers and beneficiaries. 

Time: Dec 6, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



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