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ED Utilization for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions

The ASTDD Dental Public Health Policy Committee released a new policy statement on “Reducing Emergency Department Utilization for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions.” Seeking care in emergency departments for non-traumatic dental conditions has increased substantially in recent years. Reported barriers to oral health care include misdistribution of dentists in rural areas and the cost of dental treatment.

Click here to read the statement.

Register today for the 20th Anniversary Population Health Colloquium

The Jefferson College of Population Health is excited to announce registration for the Colloquium is now open!


March 30- April 1, 2020

The Colloquium will showcase the groundbreaking work of organizations that are leading health transformation.

Practicing population health is critical to improving access to care, managing rising costs and improving health care quality. Join us as we discuss today’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.

Conference Highlights include:

  • More than 100 healthcare leaders sharing best practices and expert insight
  • 3 Mini Summits, 5 concurrent tracks with 16 individual presentations
  • Announcement of the 2020 Hearst Health Prize
  • Pre-conference session focused on Redesigning Healthcare Delivery
  • Special Tuesday night dinner program featuring venture-backed population health startups
  • Population Health Alliance Forum 2020

Find more information here.

House Education Committee Hears Testimony on Cyber Education Bill

The House Education Committee held a public hearing the week of January 19, 2020, on HB 1897. The bill, authored by Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie), would require all school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs by the 2021-22 school year, as well as set regulations for school district-run cyber education programs. Three panels of education experts testified on the proposed legislation and offered opinions on whether or not the bill should become law. Continue reading here.

Update on PPC’s Prenatal-to-Age-Three Policy Work

Pennsylvania was one of ten states selected in April 2019 to develop a comprehensive prenatal-to-age-three policy agenda as part of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative 9-month planning grant process.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children formally submitted Pennsylvania’s policy agenda and implementation plan. The overall goal of the project is to increase the number of children and families receiving high-quality services by 25 percent by 2023 (or just about 45,000 kids and their families) and 50 percent by 2025.

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children:

“We’d like to thank our partners who helped lead the work at the collaborative table with us, including: Allies for Children, the Maternity Care Coalition, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) and the United Way of Pennsylvania, as well as our partners in our ongoing campaigns in the Early Learning Pennsylvania Coalition – Childhood Begins at Home and Start Strong PA – and our health care table, the Medicaid and CHIP Watch Group. We were also thrilled to submit with our application letters of support from Governor Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and several of our in-state early learning funders: The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Hillman Family Foundations, Vanguard and the William Penn Foundation.”

Five states will be selected for a 3-year implementation grant, and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children hope to share news by the end of March.

#CountAllKids 2020

In the last census, Pennsylvania undercounted 25,197 kids, resulting in nearly $44 million in lost federal funding. The 2020 Census is approaching and it’s critical to #CountAllKids. When we miss young children in the census, it has serious consequences for them, their families, their communities and our nation – with many of those consequences lasting for at least 10 years; most of their childhood.

Download the 2020 Census toolkit and help to spread the importance of counting every child in Pennsylvania. Together, we can ensure an accurate and fair share of federal funding for education, health care, child care and more. Find more information here.

Community Health Choices in PA

Community Health Choices (CHC) is now active across the entire state of Pennsylvania effective January 1, 2020. CHC is Pennsylvania’s mandatory managed care program for individuals 21 years or older and have both Medicare and Medicaid or receive long-term services and supports through Medicaid. One of CHC’s goals is to improve coordination between Medicare and Medicaid so participants experience better services and outcomes. Billing will not change for Medicare services, but it may change how service providers bill Medicaid and Medicare for coinsurance and deductibles. Click here for more information.

Submit Comments on Proposed Fee Regulations

The State Board of Dentistry is seeking input on proposed fee regulations. The regulation proposes four changes detailed in the below document. The Board will review comments received at the May 15, 2020 meeting. Please submit all comments to and reference 16A04634 (Fees). Submit comments by February 20, 2020.

Click here to view the proposed free regulations.
Click here to submit comments.