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New Best Practice Approach Report on Teledentistry

A new CareQuest Institute and Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Best Practice Approach Report encourages state/territorial oral health programs and stakeholders to identify community barriers to care and consider teledentistry as part of the solution. The practical Report includes guidelines and recommendations, best practice criteria, myriad resources, and several examples of teledentistry in use across the country.–nQo9ZV2zmYMfjBjHPaIj8Im47SURP9j_CeO_IHHErmncVqGh-zmsa8_YHue-2XCornAqje5uuhE7bbaHqTvIOd-7XwQ&utm_source=newsletter

Top Five CareQuest Institute Publications from 2021

Based on the collective engagement from the audience of providers, policymakers, advocates, and oral health stakeholders across the industry, below are the top five most popular CareQuest Institute publications.

A Step Toward Improving Oral Health for Our Veterans

A new white paper from CareQuest Institute and the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) – Veteran Oral Health: Expanding Access and Equity – focuses on the need to better understand the significant deficits surrounding veteran oral health. The goal of the paper, which includes several strategic recommendations to improve access and quality of care, is to catalyze oral health professionals and policymakers toward advancing health equity for veterans.–s7KE_gGkQoWVxCwMk0NejHG17Ahid7IAeK1TBLRNBXiOQEXC9O-aNXbWX7osO2FXUt385IPMyQde7unimv-fkv8t02A&utm_source=newsletter

Disparities Relating to HIV and PrEP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released two reports which may be of interest to health center providers:

COVID-19 Effect on Access to Care

The Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center will present a webinar on Thursday, December 16, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. COVID-19’s Effect on Access to Care for Underserved Populations: An Examination of Telehealth and Provider Attrition, explores the use of telehealth and general access to care for underserved populations both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for the webinar:

Doctors Spend More Time Correcting Misinformation

A new survey suggests that more than half of doctors spend time correcting COVID-19 vaccine information from their patients now than six months ago. Among the most common misconceptions: the vaccine modifies your DNA; it causes infertility; it contains a microchip; and it will give you COVID-19. The survey also found that 87% of doctors say that depression and other mental health issues remain the biggest non-COVID-19 related public health concern.


“The Conversation” Videos on COVID-19 Vaccines and Kids

Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have partnered on “The Conversation”, a series of videos with respected leaders representing targeted populations.  AAP estimates more than 6.9 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Despite that, as of October, only one in three parents said they planned to vaccinate their 5-11 year-old children. With children five and up now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and a growing urgency to increase vaccination rates in all communities, these new videos offer authoritative, accessible information from healthcare experts.

View the new FAQs videos with pediatric experts answering the questions parents and caregivers have about the COVID-19 vaccine for children:

Viagra May be Useful Against Alzheimer’s Dementia

A study of health insurance data for more than 7.2 million people showed a nearly 70% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the next six years among those who took sildenafil (Viagra) versus those who did not. Viagra was originally designed as a heart drug because of its main action of improving blood flow by relaxing or widening blood vessels. Doctors then discovered it was having a similar effect elsewhere in the body, including the arteries of the penis, and it was developed into a successful treatment for erectile dysfunction. It is also been used in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Experts think it could have other uses too. It is important to note that observed associations like this, even on a huge scale, are not the same as proof of a causative effect. Researchers state the correlation shown as well as other indicators in the study are enough to identify sildenafil as a promising candidate drug for Alzheimer’s disease.

America’s Youngest Adults are Overweight

According to new research conducted by Johns Hopkins and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 56% of American adults ages 18 to 25 are overweight or obese. Using data from a nationally representative sample of 8,015 people in that age bracket, the researchers compared average weights over the past four decades. In that time, that population’s average body mass index, a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight, had increased by 4.6 points – from 23.1 (considered normal weight) to 27.7 (considered overweight). That shifted the number of overweight young adults from about 18% in the late 1970’s to nearly 24% by 2018.


No Changes for Pennsylvania HealthChoices Physical Plans

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has confirmed that there will be no changes to the Physical HealthChoices managed care organization (MCO) assignments in early 2022. Results of two of the four MCO challenges to DHS’ decisions in response to the 2021 RFP process have been announced. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld on November 17, 2021, the state’s decision to deny protests filed by Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania and Centene/Pennsylvania Health & Wellness after the two plans failed to win contracts in the state’s recent Medicaid managed care procurement. Rulings on protests from Gateway Health Plan and UnitedHealthCare have not been released publicly. Implementation of the new contracts, originally slated for January 1, 2022, have been suspended until the protests are resolved. In Behavioral HealthChoices, Magellan will change to CCBH in Delaware County effective July 1, 2022.

The list of MCO assignments are: