THE NYSOHC WOULD LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN THANK OUR GENEROUS SPONSOR DentaQuest FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT. IN NOVEMBER 2015 THE NYSOHC RECEIVED AN ADDITIONAL $10,000 TO SUPPORT THE NYSOHC'S EFFORTS.
2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
WELCOMES DR. DIONNE RICHARDSON
Dr. Richardson joins DFH on
January 25, 2016 as Dental Public Health Epidemiologist. She will
provide consultation and direction for oral health services and provide
leadership in establishing and implementing strategies and policies to improve
and enhance oral health services for New Yorkers.
Dr. Richardson was most recently the dental director for the Mississippi State Department of Health and has more than 20 years of post-doctoral training and experience in the field of oral health. Dr. Richardson completed her undergraduate work at Xavier University of Louisiana and received her D.D.S from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Tennessee. She received her Master of Public Health degree through the University of Rochester Medical Center and is a graduate of our Department’s Dental Public Health Residency program. Her current work as a state dental director includes overseeing programs providing valuable public health services to the maternal and child health population such as school based health center sealant programs and other similar programs to improve oral health across the lifespan.
Best Wishes Lee...You will be missed!!!
I remember the phone ringing during the Holidays and wondering "why is Lee calling me"? I had an uneasy feeling and knew something was up. Lee called to let me know he was going to have to resign his position as Co-Chair of the NYSOHC. He was offered an opportunity he couldn't refuse, a position in California with a major insurance company to create a state sponsored dental insurance plan for Californians. Right up his alley.
I will miss our conversations. I still include him on some emails so he is kept appraised of the coalitions activities. I am very fortunate to have dedicated colleagues on the executive committee and steering committee always willing to step up. Their support has provided for a smooth transition.
It has been my pleasure serving with Lee and I wish him all the Best in CA!
Water Fluoridation Equipment Grants Now Available
The New York State Department of Health has released two funding opportunities to support counties, cities, towns, or villages (municipalities) that own their public water system, for costs related to the construction, installation, repair, replacement, or upgrade of fluoride equipment in drinking water facilities.
One opportunity supports municipalities with funding up to $50,000 for the planning and implementation of community water fluoridation. Component 1 of this opportunity will pay for development of an engineering report to initiate or maintain water fluoridation. Component 2 will pay for the upgrade, replacement, repair or purchase of equipment to initiate or maintain water fluoridation.
Applications for both components will be accepted on a rolling basis from October 22, 2015 until February 29, 2016. It is anticipated that applications received on or before November 15, 2015 will be reviewed and contracts executed by February 15, 2016. It is anticipated that applications received November 16, 2015–February 29, 2016 will be reviewed by May 1, 2016. Additional details on both components can be found at: Grants Gateway ID: DOH01- DWFC1-2015/ID: DOH01- DWFC2-2015.
The second opportunity is an RFA which will support municipalities seeking between $50,001 and $1 million to upgrade, replace or repair existing water fluoridation equipment or install fluoridation systems in public water systems that have authorized the implementation of fluoridation. An applicant conference for this RFA will be held on November 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm. See the RFA for more information. Applications are being accepted until February 29, 2016. Additional details can be found at: RFA- Grants Gateway # DOH01-DWF3-2015.
Both opportunities are now posted on the NYS Grants Gateway.
The funding for these opportunities was included in the 2015-2016 New York State Budget.
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
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.
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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).
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