NYS Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Results for Dentists
The Medicaid Eligible Expansion Program (EP2 offered by NYeC) extends the original Medicaid Specialist REC (Regional Extension Center) initiative through Sept. 30, 2016. This program provides outreach, technical, and support services for EHR adoption and for achieving Meaning Use. Unlike the original REC program, which was aimed at primary care physicians, this new extension is open to all eligible Medicaid providers, including specialists. Eligible providers, including dentists, are eligible to receive support from the REC for MU incentives and are now encouraged to enroll in this adoption program. The program will help dentists qualify for up to $63,750 under the Medicaid Incentive Program for the adoption, implementation, and upgrade of a certified EHR and attestation of Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2. To date, over $30 million has been dispersed to 1,500 dentists. To learn more select this Web link: https://www.emedny.org/meipass/index.aspx
Dentists are eligible for the Medicaid Expansion Program (EP2) if they:
· Are enrolled as an active fee-for-service Medicaid provider and are in good standing with NYS
· Billable and payable by Medicaid
· Meet the 30% of patient visit volume as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, dentists can qualify for the first payment of $21,250 by adopting, implementing, and upgrading (AIU) a certified EHR technology in the first year, and $8,500 for demonstrating Meaningful Use of certified EHR technology for each subsequent year.
There is limited space in the program, and dentists will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a qualified dentist and do not already have a certified EHR/DHR in your practice, the time to enroll is now.
Technical Assistant Services Available for Dentists
The following table lists general categories and types of support available for dentists though this grant.
Adoption/Implementation/ Upgrade (AIU)
Assistance in the selection, implementation, or upgrade of a certified electronic health record (EHR) and electronic dental record system (EDR) software system with health information exchange capabilities
Workflow analysis and redesign, Project management, Staff training
Privacy & Security Training
HIPAA Compliancy, Security Risk Analysis
Exchange of health information from an EHR
Access, Training, & Guidance
Interoperability and secure messaging, where applicable
Phases of Achievement
Supporting documentation will be required of the providers to demonstrate achievement of each of these phases:
Enrollment Contact Information - Web link: http://www.nyehealth.org/advisory-services/regional-extension-center-rec-grant-programs/medicaid-eligible-providers-ep2-ehr-adoption-mu/medicaid-eligible-dentists-ehr-adoption-and-mu-support-services/
Name: Steven Russell
NYSOHC 2014 Annual Meeting a Success!With attendance that surpassed our February meeting, it is gratifying, as Lottie Jameson and Mary Ellen Yankosky leave their positions as Co-Chairs to see how the Coalition has grown over the last couple of years. We are convinced we have left the leadership of the Coalition in great hands – Welcome Dr. Lee Perry, Dentaquest Director and Paula Fischer, Project Coordinator, State University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine! Lee and Paula will join Steven Russell, Vice Chair, Nick Tucci, Treasurer, and Bridget Walsh, Secretary. Joining the Steering Committee will be Sangeeta Gajendra, Clinical Chief, Eastman Dental Center; Roseanne Henley, Clinical Manager, St. Peter’s Hospital Dental Center and Jill Guiles, North Country Family Health Center Dental Department.
Special Thanks to our Presenters for Enhancing our Theme:
State Oral Health Plan and Prevention Agenda Update
Impacting State and Local Level Policies to Prevent Dental Disease in
Young Children: First Year Update
Preparing Dental Students for Community Health Practice &
Teledentistry Expands Student Experiences
Project Stay: Oral Health
Education, Nutrition and Tobacco Cessation Counseling and Facilitating Dental
Clinical Care for Young Adults.
The oral health TV ads and materials of CDC's Tips campaign is now in its second month, the Children's Dental Health Project is thrilled with the engagement and response thus far.
Similarly to the Twitter chat they hosted on July 16, they're now planning for a "social media storm", which will cover both the Facebook and Twitter platforms. This storm will be held on Wednesday, August 13 @ 2pm (Eastern) and will last for only 30 minutes.
If your organization is available and able to participate, please let Shante know that you plan on joining in spreading the #CDCtips messages -- If you're interested, they're team has prepared a social media kit for this purpose, containing over a dozen messages for both Facebook and Twitter. These messages can be tweaked and tailored to better fit your organization, or you can even create your own; they simply ask that you use the #CDCtips hashtag in each of your posts so that they're able to track the combined efforts of all participating.
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DentaQuest Provides Support
November 25, 2013 –DentaQuest, a leading oral health company, recently presented a donation to support the work of the New York State Oral Health Coalition as it implements the New York State Oral Health Plan on behalf of all New Yorkers.
The New York State Oral Health Coalition is the only statewide organization to bring the full breadth of health and human services professionals together to develop public health strategies for the people of New York. The Coalition engages dentists, hygienists, and public health professionals with nationally recognized evidence-based practices, emerging New York State policies or grants, and community-based success stories to improve access to care and expand prevention strategies.
(DentaQuest delivers a donation to the New York State Oral Health Coalition. L-R: Dr. Lee Perry, DentaQuest Dental Director, Kristin LaRoche, DentaQuest Government Relations, Mary Ellen Yankosky, NYSOHC Co-Chair and Director, Policy and Advocacy Dental Hygienists' Association of the State of NY, and Kathy Rucinski, DentaQuest Vice President Provider Relations).
About the New York State Oral Health Coalition
The New York State Oral Health Coalition is a broad-based association, established in 2006. It is comprised of programs and organizations, healthcare providers, state oral health officials, insurers, health advocates, and policy leaders from across New York. Coalition members met regularly with the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Dental Health, the New York State Public Health Association, and other stakeholders to develop the New York State Oral Health Plan, a blueprint for achieving optimal oral health for all New Yorkers. The Plan, which was released in August of 2006, addresses the burden of oral disease across the state and documents goals, objectives, and strategies that cover a broad spectrum of issues related to policy development, prevention, access to care, workforce, communications, and surveillance and research. Learn more at: http://nysohc.org.
We engage dentists, hygienists, and public health
professionals with nationally recognized evidence-based practices, emerging
New York State policies or grants, and community-based success stories to improve access to care and expand population
We are seeking just
$30,000 between now and our Annual Meeting in November to establish the infrastructure for
implementation of our Strategic Plan in the upcoming year. Please consider what your organization, your colleagues, friends,
and family can do to help the New York State Oral Health Coalition sustain its mission.
With your help, we can become the most valuable statewide resource of health professionals seeking to
cost-effectively reduce dental diseases in their communities.
Please donate now!!
A Profile of Active Dentists in New York
This brief describes demographic, educational, and practice
characteristics of actively practicing dentists in New York. Despite the fact
all of the state’s regions are well above the national rate of 55 dentists per 100,000 population, access to basic oral health services in New York is problematic, particularly for Medicaid-insured patients. Download this research brief: nydentist2013.pdf
A Profile of Dental Hygienists in New York
This brief describes the active dental hygienist workforce in New York. The analysis finds that dental hygienists are unevenly distributed across the state, with substantial maldistribution in the counties of New York City. The vast majority of dental hygienists work in private dental practices and nearly half work part time. Download this research brief: nyhygienist2013.pdf
FIRST-EVER SCORECARD EVALUATES HOW WELL STATES’ HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS, FINDS WIDE DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO CARE AND HEALTH CARE QUALITY
repeated evidence that we are often two Americas, divided by income and
geography when it comes to opportunities to lead long and healthy lives.
These are more than numbers,” said Cathy Schoen, Commonwealth Fund Senior
Vice President and lead author of the report. “We are talking about people’s
lives, health, and well-being. Our hope is that state policymakers and health
care leaders use these data to target resources to improve access, care, and
the health of residents with below-average incomes.”
Demonstrating the potential to improve, the report finds that in
top-performing states, low-income people often fared better than the national
average, and even better than higher-income people in the worst-performing
states. On nearly half of the indicators, including potentially preventable
hospitalizations, infant mortality, smoking, and obesity, lower-income or
less-advantaged people in high-performing states did better than
more-advantaged people in low-performing states.
Oral Health News
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its web site
On May 15, 2011, the New York State Medicaid Program Dental Policy and Procedure Manual was released. For more information on this provider manual, Click here for more information on the Dental Manual.
To learn about New York's Medicaid Redesign Team, contact the Team,
The Ad Hoc Group on Local Oral Health Programs for the Association of
The Older Adults Basic Screening Survey Webinar held on January 20th,
The New York State Oral Health Coalition, along with many organizations joined the Coalition for Health Funding and the Committee for Education Funding in support of a sign-on letter, directed to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. The letter urged them to provide a 302(b) allocation to the
Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee that protects those important programs against further cuts. The letter reflected nearly 400 signatures representative of
national, regional and state organizations who share the same concerns should further cuts be made to allocations that benefit health and education funding in the United States. For more information, please visit its website at: www.publichealthfunding.org and follow on Twitter @healthfunding