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Dr. Mayfield: How To Make Medicaid Dentistry Work

Apr 07, 2017

Making ends meet while caring for patients with Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) coverage can be challenging for the average dental practice. Many private practices are unable to accept Medicaid patients because the reimbursement rate still lags far behind private insurance. Also, the Medicaid credentialing and claims process is so burdensome that it would require extra dedicated staff just to manage the administrative aspects. On top of these challenges, it's difficult, if not impossible, for small practices seeing a limited number of Medicaid patients to absorb the losses from missed appointments, which tend to occur at a much higher rate for Medicaid patients than for commercial patients.

Fortunately, dental support organizations (DSOs) are uniquely positioned to help dentists expand access to care among Medicaid patient populations. By providing dental practices with nonclinical support services in areas such as marketing, purchasing, operations, accounting, and payroll, DSOs enable dentists to focus solely on patient care, all while leveraging technology and economies of scale to expand access, improve quality, and promote cost-effective solutions to reduce oral health disparities among Medicaid beneficiaries.

Read the full article by Dale Mayfield, DMD.

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