The U.S. healthcare system has been moving to adopt value-based care models for several decades. In the U.S. oral healthcare system many important public and private groups have been working on ways to incorporate value-based care models as well. This presentation will review the progress toward value-based care models in oral health. It will also emphasize the reality that value-based care is not simply a different way of paying for oral health services. It will involve fundamental shifts in the kinds of services provided, where they are provided, who they are provided to, and the mechanisms used to improve oral health. These developments all provide positive opportunities for patients, providers, and public and private payers of oral health services.
• Objective 1: Describe the term “value-based care“ and discuss how it applies to oral health delivery systems.
• Objective 2: Explain the idea that achieving “value” in oral health requires more than a different payment system and in includes development of delivery systems and other components of strategies likely to improve oral health.
• Objective 3: Discuss systems where providers can become involved in, and demonstrate positive outcomes, from efforts to improve the oral health of their community, not just the patients who enter their physical office.
Dr. Paul Glassman is the Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement at the College of Dental Medicine at California Northstate University in Elk Grove, CA and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He has served on many national panels including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Oral Health Access to Services which produced the IOM report on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations. Dr. Glassman is a pioneer and has led the national movement to improve oral health using telehealth-connected teams and Virtual Dental Homes. Finally Dr. Glassman has been prominent in advocacy efforts on a state and national level for health system reform to improve oral health systems for a wide variety of underserved groups.