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Webinar: Managing Early Childhood Caries in Medicaid

Published: April 8th, 2016

Category: Front Page

Timage003he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to the webinar:

Managing Early Childhood Caries in Medicaid

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT


To register, please click on this link: Register Now!


States across the nation are redesigning their health care systems to promote higher quality health care, healthier populations, and more efficient spending. Children’s oral health has been recognized as a key contributor to overall health, both in childhood and into adulthood. Redesigning the way Medicaid approaches the problem of early childhood caries (ECC, the infectious disease that causes tooth decay) to focus on preventing and managing it rather than paying costly bills for repairing the damage when cases become severe, could produce better care, better health, and lower costs. This 90-minute webinar will provide participants with:

  • A synopsis of the importance of addressing caries in children.
  • An overview of pilot projects using a variety of new approaches to prevent and manage early childhood caries.
  • An exploration of two such new approaches: motivational interviewing as a culturally-competent behavior change methodology; and medical management of caries through the use of silver ion products (silver nitrate and silver diamine fluoride).
  • A discussion of how state Medicaid programs can facilitate the use of interventions to prevent and manage early childhood caries.


Speakers and Moderator:

  • Laurie Norris, JD, Senior Policy Advisor and Coordinator of the CMS Oral Health Initiative, CMS
  • Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH, Professor, Director for the Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship Program, UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA
  • Steve Duffin, DDS, MBA, Owner, Shoreview Dental, LLC, Keizer, OR
  • Colin Reusch, MPA, Senior Policy Analyst, Children’s Dental Health Project


By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and gain awareness of disease prevention and management approaches
  • Become informed about approaches to changing patient oral health behaviors through culturally competent motivational interviewing
  • Learn about the use of silver nitrate/silver diamine fluoride in the medical management of ECCGain insights into how the management of ECC might be integrated into Medicaid programs.


Who should attend:

  • State Medicaid and CHIP staff, including dental directors and dental program managers, medical directors, quality improvement directors, and other state staff engaged in quality improvement and/or children’s oral health
  • Medicaid health and dental plan staff interested in effective new approaches to delivering dental and oral health care to children enrolled in Medicaid
  • Medical and dental providers interested in practice improvement
  • State health department staff involved in oral health promotion and children’s health
  • Those interested in improving children’s oral health