Symposium Overview

In an era of healthcare accountability, the Triple Aim¹ is driving healthcare reform, and demanding innovative models of care. Models that provide Patient-centered care, such as Collaborative care, Interprofessional care, Integrated care, and utilization of nontraditional providers, demand transformation in how we care for individuals, families, and communities. These models are intended to provide a more comprehensive healthcare experience, increased value for patients, and lower healthcare costs.

Increasing healthcare value for patients requires creating strategies that provide comprehensive solutions in the quest to achieve health equity. These solutions will include clinical care plans, as well as, approaches to mitigate the social, political, and demographic conditions that impede clinical plan success. These models thus require levels of sharing and collaboration across providers and their communities that generally are not evident in a fee-for-service system.²

The impact of oral health on general health is widely known. However, this knowledge has not led to widespread changes in clinical care plans, by dentists or physicians. In the “Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice” report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration the following recommendations were summarized:

  1. Apply oral health core clinical competencies within primary care practices to increase oral health care access for safety net populations in the United States.

  2. Develop infrastructure that is interoperable, accessible across clinical settings, and enhances adoption of the oral health core clinical competencies. The defined, essential elements of the oral health core clinical competencies should be used to inform decision-making and measure health outcomes.

  3. Modify payment policies to efficiently address costs of implementing oral health competencies and provide incentives to health care systems and practitioners.

  4. Execute programs to develop and evaluate implementation strategies of the oral health core clinical competencies into primary care practice.³

The Reede Scholars 2018 Health Equity Symposium will explore policy implications of expanding these recommendations beyond primary care to include: behavioral health, obstetrics, and other specialties that address chronic conditions.

Symposium participants and attendees will discuss:

  1. Impact of integrating oral healthcare into all clinical healthcare plans over the life span.

  2. Practical applications for integrating healthcare for patients within primary and specialty care.

  3. Policy implications for including AAMC oral healthcare core competencies in all clinical care plans.

Integrating oral, general and specialty healthcare, will improve population health, enhance patient experience, and lower costs.. The Reede Scholars, as leaders on the federal, regional, state, and local levels, are in the forefront, seeking tangible solutions, sustainable strategies for achieving the Triple Aim, health equity, and better health for all.

  1. IHI Triple Aim Initiative:
  2. “Improving Quality and Value in the U.S. Health Care System”, Niall Brennan, Nicole Cafarella, et al; Brookings Institution, Friday, August 21, 2009
  3. “Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice”; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. February 2014
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