TDMR took the option to mail a couple thoughts to the new president of the Affiliation of Dental Support Companies (ADSO) Emmet Scott about the final results of our most recent DMO survey.

We received again the next considerate responses and hope they deliver an opening for dialogue for beneficial changes for Medicaid dentists.


1. Our DMO surveys clearly show a continuing dissatisfaction with MCNA and DentaQuest primarily about dental houses shifting and refusal to approve medically essential treatment.  What do you assume is the answer below? 

The most important dental residence solution is a straightforward one & has been offered several periods but has been regularly opposed by the TDA. Texas is the only state in the country that assigns the primary dental household, or MDH, to an particular person service provider. Everywhere you go else assigns MDH to an business office spot, IE tackle. Generating MDH assigned to the locale and not the supplier would fix the total problem and boost a lot easier access for children’s treatment.

With regards to medically needed care, the MCO’s are in no posture and should have no authority to ascertain that. The perseverance of medically necessary treatment really should reside exclusively with the dealing with clinician.

2. One particular dentist contacted us and explained to us that his people are getting contacted by HHSC and becoming presented the really hard market to go around to United Health care.  What do you think about it?

Medicaid associates (patients) must have the liberty to elect the MCO of their alternative. United Healthcare desires to display by itself as constant and skilled in advance of receiving people, and individuals unquestionably should really not be forced to modify.

3. Our survey benefits exhibit that most dentists are not sure how United is likely to operate out.  What are your ideas on this?

So significantly United has struggled enormously for the duration of trainings and their staff have been not able to response essential concerns. It does not appear that United is at present ready to take on 1 million Texas’ young ones and their dental treatment.

4. Our study effects display that there is a gradual lessening every 12 months in the share of dentists who truly feel like quitting Medicaid but the the greater part are continue to discouraged.  What do you imagine is the solution to this?

I believe that the point out and the MCO’s would do nicely to realize the sophisticated character and rigorous needs of these Medicaid pediatric individuals. Presently, it would seem all of the choices created by the condition and MCO’s are monetarily-primarily based, which qualified prospects to irritating procedures that complicate and limit entry to care. If the condition and MCO’s could shift their emphasis to the nicely-remaining of little ones and good oral health and fitness, then the guidelines enacted would very likely facilitate greater treatment rather than get in the way.