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Brushing Up On Oral Health
Industry News and Updates for Colorado
Mark Your Calendar!
Join Colorado Health Foundation’s new CEO Karen McNeil-Miller during her statewide listening tour. Share your stories about oral health and what role CHF can play in improving the oral health of all Coloradans. 
OHCO has been advocating for the recognition and inclusion of oral health in Phase II of the Accountable Care Collaborative. Most recently, our Executive Director was added as a representative for oral health to the Program Improvement Advisory Committee. But we need your help! Please sign up for this list serve and attend outreach meetings in your area and advocate for oral health! We ask stakeholders to pass this information along to other health care partners and encourage individuals and organizations to join this listserv. To join, send an email to RCCORFP@state.co.us. Additionally, The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has scheduled a number of public meetings to discuss specific topics as they relate to ACC Phase II. Click HERE for a full schedule of meetings.
Children's Preventive Oral Health in Practice: Cavity Free at Three Training on November 16, 2015 at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Medical providers will receive certification needed to bill Medicaid and CHP+ for oral health services. RSVP HERE!
Programming Notes
The Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors grants funds to agencies to provide low cost dental care to low-income seniors, age 60 and over, who are not enrolled in Medicaid and do not have dental insurance. Oral Health Colorado is pleased to have advocated for the changes that have resulted in more seniors having access to dental services. Read more HERE.
Be sure to know the facts about Medicaid/CHP+ provider revalidation/screening. New federal regulations established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require enhanced screening and revalidation for all existing (and newly enrolling). These regulations are designed to increase compliance and quality of care. Learn more about this process and what is required of providers HERE!
Research Roundup 
A research brief from the Association's Health Policy Institute finds that while the gap has narrowed for Medicaid and privately insured children utilizing dental care, a very large gap remains for adults. Read more HERE.
Oral Health Colorado is pleased to share Health Resources and Services Administration recently released informational brief - Oral Health: Across the Agency. The document includes information about HRSA’s Oral Health programs, as well as selected resources and publications. 
Our colleagues at the CO Community Health Network recently released its Oral Health Integration Manual. It provides information about methodologies for integration of oral health into a Community Health Center, largely based upon the patient-centered medical home standards for integration of care, and complementing the work that many Colorado CHCs have already embarked upon. The manual includes six sections: Role of Leadership, Team-Based Care, Patient Centeredness, Data, Transformative Access, and Community Resources and Partnerships. The document is available HERE.
With national attention on transforming health care systems increasing, governors and other state leaders are focused on finding interventions that both improve population health and the quality of health care, including oral health care. Read the National Governor’s Association NGA Paper, Health Investments that Pay Off: Strategies to Improve Oral Health
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