3PartnersWithin each county are multiple agencies (local public and private/non-private agencies) that serve families:County health departmentsPublic health nursing servicesHome health care agenciesVisiting nurse servicesCommunity action programs3
4Assessment Examples Open Mouth Surveys Medicaid Services Title V Databases & ReportsPublic Health Supervision ReportsBack to the three core functions of public health…In order to assess programmatic and policy needs - We monitor oral health status and prevalence of disease several ways.One thing that we do is to work with our contractors to conduct open mouth surveys. Our funding dictates that we primarily focus on children – and specifically a National Performance Measure for the Title V block grant requires determining prevalence of sealants on 3rd graders. These surveys are conducted as often as needed – based on statistical significance of results. Survey reports are posted on the IDPH Web site.We are also beginning to conduct more surveillance on children younger than school age – between 0 and 5. Two years ago we did an open mouth survey of Head Start children. Last year we collected information on children in WIC. This year we plan to go into day care centers.We also review Medicaid data – usually utilization and billing data. By looking at the ability of Medicaid-enrolled children to access services, we can assess the ability of at-risk children and families in general. It also provides us a means to determine if our programs are making an impact.We are also able to request specific reporting from Medicaid – which helps us to look at specific issues – for example, physicians who bill for fluoride varnish applications – where they are located, how many they did. These things help us to determine program needs and potential policy changes needed.Another means of assessment includes reviewing information from databases for our MCH Contractors – which track demographics, services provided (as well as barriers and needs) of CH and MH clients.We also receive annual reports from dental hygienists practicing under public health supervision – which provides a glimpse at the number of services and population who receive care via public health settings.There are other things we can use – such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance – BRFSS – and Iowa’s House hold Health survey. Our assessment function does not include RESEARCH – which is something more applicable to the University.
5National Trends in Caries-Free Schoolchildren – Permanent Teeth Fluoridation and Public Health2011 Training ProgramNational Trends in Caries-Free Schoolchildren – Permanent TeethAges 5-17 yearsAges 6-19 yearsSimilarly, the percentage of caries free children has been increasing.
8Penetration of Public Health Sealant Programs in Iowa 79 elementary schoolsTotal: 990 elementary schools21 Junior High SchoolsTotal: 299 Junior High Schools9,941 Sealant placed on 1st molars in2,381 sealants placed on second molar teeth
9Decay Positive and Decay Negative We subset the dataset into two datasets: decay positive and decay negative. The graph demonstrates how the treatment rate differed between decay and no decay treatment groups. This shows that there is a possibility that the screenings do play some role in children seeking treatment.Decay Positive and Decay Negative
10Results Decay Positive Decay Negative 29.9% from East Central Iowa 29.1% Rural (Not adjacent to urban)66.7% white, 16% unknown race/ethnicity80.5% spoke English92.2% had a Medical Home69.3% had a Dental Home52.7% Males56.8% were younger than 537.8% from East Central Iowa22.2% Rural (Not adjacent to urban)70.5% white, 16% unknown race/ethnicity85.2% spoke English95.5% had a Medical Home61.2% had a Dental Home49.9% Males73.5% were younger than 5We used logistic regression analysis to find associations between variables and outcome of not receiving treatment.In CAReS, Medical and Dental Home are both determined for a child, based on responses to specific information from the parent or guardian. So, as you see on this slide, for the purposes of determining medical and dental home in CAReS:Medical home: child has a usual source of medical care, the care is available 24/7, and the source of the care maintains the child’s recordDental home: the child has a usual source of dental care, that source of care maintains the child’s record, and the child has seen a dentist within the past 12 months
12Iowa: a State in Transition Demographic TrendsRapid Ethnic DiversificationAging white populationLow fertility rates among whitesExodus of graduates to other statesHigher birth rates among native minoritiesLarge influx of immigrants, primarilyLatinos, to work in labor shortage
13Iowa Implications of Changing Demographics Need for increased outreach servicesNeed for new service hoursChild Care barriersGeographic and transportation barriersDifferent health care utilization patterns
15Iowa Elderly in Assisted Living Centers 2007 Survey Results
16The Iowa PictureWe have stated that 92% of Iowans are receiving optimally fluoridated water. What does this % really mean? 92% of Iowans who receive their water from a Community Water Supply are receiving optimally fluoridated water. Overall, approximately 83% of Iowa’s total population is receiving optimally fluoridated water. This percentage may actually be higher depending on if the population who receives their water by a private well has naturally fluoridated water or is adding fluoride to their water.We have no system for tracking private wells or monitoring leaving over 248,205 estimated Iowans potentially lacking fluoridated water!
17Trends are Troublesome No longer provides fluorideWater SystemCountyAshtonOsceola CountyColumbus JunctionLouisa CountyCoon RapidsCarroll CountyElkaderClayton CountyEverlyClay CountyFloydFloyd CountyFort MadisonLee CountyGrangerDallas CountyMaxwellStory CountySac CitySac CountySanbornO’Brien CountySutherlandVictorIowa County
18Considering discontinuation or reduction IowaConsidering discontinuation or reductionWater SystemCountyAplingtonButler CountyCedar RapidsLinn CountyDallas CenterDallas CountyDeSotoGilmore CityHumboldt CountyGrangerKeokukLee CountyMechanicsvilleCedar CountyNew SharonMahaska CountyOssianWinneshiek CountyTamaTama County
19I-Smile An Overview of Iowa’s Dental Home Initiative for Children Bob Russell, DDS, MPHState Public Health Dental DirectorIowa Department of Public Health
202005 Legislative MandateBy July 1, 2008, every recipient of medical assistance who is a child 12 years of age or younger shall have a designated dental home and shall be provided with the dental screenings and preventive care identified in the oral health standards under the EPSDT program.In response, the Iowa DHS partnered with the IDPH, the IDA, the IDHA, the University of Iowa, and others to develop a proposal that would fulfill the dental home mandate.The result is the I-Smile dental home project.
21Iowa Legislative Mandate Modified By December 31, 2010, every recipient of medical assistance who is a child 12 years of age or younger shall have a designated dental home and shall be provided with the dental screenings and preventive services, diagnostic services, treatment services, and emergency services as defined under the EPSDT program.2010 has come and gone, but the mandate is still in effect.* Language modified in 2008, HF253921
22Conceptual Dental Home The dental home is a system that allows all children, even those often excluded from receiving dental care, to have early and regular care to ensure optimal oral health.
23The I-Smile Dental Home DENTISTNURSEPHYSICIANDENTALHYGIENISTWhat makes I-Smile unique is the way that we envision the dental home.The I-Smile dental home is not a dental office.It is envisioned as a conceptual dental home.Uses a team approach to manage oral diseasePrimary prevention and care coordination are a large focusDentists provide treatment and definitive diagnosisOther health care professionals are part of a larger network – providing oral screenings, education, anticipatory guidance, and preventive services as needed23
24I-Smile Objectives Improve the dental support system for families. Improve the dental Medicaid program.Implement recruitment and retention strategies for underserved areas.Integrate dental services into rural and critical access hospitals.The original plan for implementing I-Smile identified 4 objectives.The first objective, improving the support system for families, is the one with the most impact on our existing public health system – specifically the state’s Maternal and Child Health system – and is the one that I will focus on.
25I-Smile Strategies Partnerships and planning Link with local board of healthProvide training for child health agency staffDevelop agency oral health protocolsProvide education and training for health care professionalsEnsure completion of screenings and risk assessmentEnsure care coordination servicesEnsure provision of gap-filling preventive servicesEach contractor must submit an action plan and budget, developing activities based on these strategies as well as based on their local needs and assets.
26Improve Dental Support System for Families Strengthen Iowa’s Title V MCH SystemEstablish a dental hygienist within each Title V Child Health agency as the local I-Smile Oral Health CoordinatorCurrently, Iowa has 24 dental hygienists working as regional I-Smile™ CoordinatorsThey create a system to assure optimal oral health for children.Work on this objective occurs through our state’s Title V Maternal and Child Health system.The Dept of Public Health has 22contractors – private/non-profit or public agencies – to implement the Title V child health program at the local level. Contractors are responsible for assuring health services for pregnant women and children.For several years, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services have had an interagency agreement. The agreement allows IDPH to assist in achieving EPSDT standards through these contractors – and also allows the contractors to bill Medicaid for limited services provided to Medicaid-enrolled clients.This has also been the means for funding Iowa’s ABCD program. Using lessons learned from our ABCD program, we were able to develop I-Smile strategies to be implemented through our local MCH contractors – now also funded through the interagency agreement.
28Medicaid, uninsured, and underinsured children from birth-12 years I-Smile Dental Home Care Plan DiagramI-SmileOral Health CoordinatorOral Screening and Risk AssessmentPreventive CareEducationMedicaid, uninsured, and underinsured children from birth-12 yearsLevel Level Level 3Low RiskNo observable diseaseModerate RiskNo observable diseaseHigh RiskObservable diseaseHigh RiskSeverediseasePLANCare coordinationReferral for dental exam within 1 yearOral screening, risk assessment, and preventive care in 6 monthsReferral for dental exam within 6 monthsOral screening, risk assessment, and preventive care in 3-6 monthsReferral for dental exam within 3 monthsOral screening, risk assessment, and preventive care in 3-6 monthsCare coordinationImmediate referral to dentist/specialistOral screening, risk assessment, and preventive care in 3 months
32Based on SFY2012 Medicaid paid claims, Iowa Department of Human Services In 2012:More than 1 ½ times as many children ages 0-12 saw a dentist for care than in 20053 ¾ times as many children ages 0-12 received care from a hygienist or nurse working for a Title V agency than in61 % of children ages 3-12 saw a dentist
33I-Smile--ChallengesStill too many children under the age of 3 who do not receive dental services.Lack in dentists willing to see the very young child.Low participation by dentists willing to see Medicaid children.Low Medicaid reimbursement.Decreasing and aging dental workforceMal-distribution of available dental providersIowa Facts:Decreasing and aging dental workforceIncreasing number of health professional shortage sitesMal-distribution of available dental providersAlong with low reimbursement rates, the other barriers to treatment for our children include a shortage of dentists.Dentists in Iowa are aging, the average age is 55, with retirements and fewer dentists staying in Iowa after graduation from dental school the numbers are project to decline.Of the dental workforce only 2% are pediatric dentists and they are located in the major metropolitan areas. General dentists are reluctant to see children, especially those under age 3.All of this background just goes to show you how important your role is when it comes to educating parents and reducing the risk of dental problems among our low income population. Poor kids are more likely to have dental problems therefore education and preventive services are their best defense against future problems!!
34I-Smile--Sustainability Promote children’s oral health to parent’s and caregivers.Support gap-filling preventive services within public health and Title V agencies.Maintain partnerships with early childhood programs.Share information with stakeholders in anticipation of a changing health care system within Iowa.Continue to support “health homes” by collaborating with medical providers to include oral health as part of well-child care.Explore funding and collaborative opportunities with private organizations so that oral health becomes a priority statewide.Because children see their physician more during the years before age 3 and dentists are still reluctant to see young children physicians are being trained to do a more thorough oral evaluation during the well child exams. Medicaid is also paying for fluoride varnish application in the physicians office.I-Smile Screening GuideBasic Oral Health Screening InstructionsI-Smile Coordinator Office “Lunch and Learn” sessionsWeb-based training with CMEsPeer-to-Peer study groups
35I-Smile™ Future Good oral health for all children beginning at birth Long-term savings in dental care costsImproved overall health of Iowa children and adults
36Dental Screening Requirement (became effective July 1, 2008)A critical step in “closing the gap” in access to care for underserved childrenSince 2008, Iowa children newly enrolling in elementary and high school must provide evidence of having a dental screening or exam.
37Dental Screening Requirements Elementary schoolPrior to age 6, but no earlier than age 3Licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse, dental hygienist, dentistHigh School:Within one year of enrollmentLicensed dental hygienist ordentist
38Integration with I-Smile™ What if a child has a problem getting a screening?What if a problem is detected and a child doesn’t have a dentist?Contact local I-Smile Coordinator
39SupervisionDental hygienist providing direct care services in Iowa must work under the supervision of a dentist. In public health settings, this would be either public health or general supervision.
40Public Health Supervision Recommended by IDPH, this allows hygienists working in a public health setting to provide services without the patient first being examined by a dentist.*Dentists providing public health supervision are not required to provide future dental treatment to patients served by the hygienist.
41Some services required to maintain Public Health Status: Requirements for Practice as a Public Health Supervision Hygienist (PHSH)Educational & Experiential RequirementsAn Active Iowa license and aMinimum of 3 years clinical experienceNo special educational requirementsMust collect data on services providedMust have procedure for maintaining recordsPractice Settings Available to a PHSHSchoolsHead StartFQHCsPublic Health Dental VansCHCsNursing facilitiesFree ClinicsState/local federal public health programsDay Care CentersServices a PHSH can ProvideAssessmentsScreeningsData collectionEducational, diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services defined in the rulesMay NOT provide local anesthesia or nitrous oxide.RequirementsSettingsServicesSome services required to maintain Public Health Status:
42Statutes & Rules Applicable Forms Practice as Public Health Supervision Hygienist–What Else Do I Need to Know?Statutes & RulesApplicable FormsState Dental Practice ActIowa Code 153Iowa Code 147Iowa Code 272CDental Board RulesPublic Health Supervision(PHS Application)PHS Reporting FormIowa Dental Board
43General SupervisionA dentist is required to see a patient prior to a dental hygienist providing certain services under general supervisionSealantsProphylaxisRadiographs
44Public Health Supervision Currently, a hygienist must have an Iowa license and a minimum of three years of clinical experience to work under public health supervision.*Language removed April For certain services (ie: prophy’s, sealants, and radiographs), there is no longer a period of time, no more than 12 months, in which an exam by a dentist must occur prior to providing this service to a patient again.
45Loan Repayment Two options: National Health Service Corps – federal programState Loan Repayment Program (called PRIMECARRE)Site criteria:For PRIMECARRE, must be public or non-profit; NHSC also allows for-profitFederal Health Professional Shortage Area (found atSliding fee scale, accept Medicaid and Medicare
46Applicant Eligibility Full-time or half-time (meet definition)U.S. citizenEducation-related debtsNo unfulfilled practice obligation to federal, state, local government or other entity (such as employer)Certification or license to practice in IowaServe all patients regardless of ability to payFull time = 40 hoursHalf time = 20 hoursCannot do both loan repayment programs at the same time (but can do them back to back)Cannot have any other contractual obligation at the same time (employer contract)
47Eligible Professions Primary care physician Dentist Dental Hygienist Physician AssistantNurse PractitionerCertified nurse MidwifeClinical PsychologistClinical Social Worker (LISW only)Psychiatric nurse specialistMental Health CounselorMarriage and Family TherapistFor health care providers providing DIRECT CARE!!!Private practice dentists would not qualify (they are not public/non-profit).For RDH’s they would have to work for an FQHC or other type of public health dental clinic.
48Both Programs: Clinician must be: working in a federally designated HPSA, US citizen, qualified student loan debt, cannot be fulfilling another obligation at the same timeNHSCPRIMECARREOnline application,Application cycle once per year available on IDPH website, Current due date: October 24, 2012Federally AdministeredState AdministeredAll Federal Funds1:1 State/Federal FundsRequires Site ApplicationDoes not require site applicationFull time 2-year contract $60,000 Half time 2-year contract $30,000Half time 4-year contract $60,000Full time 2-year contract up to $100,000 or Half time 2 –year contract up to $50,000 (depending on availability of funding and number of applicants)Competitive Process based on HPSA scoresCompetitive Process with review committeeCan be For-Profit, Non-Profit, or Public SitesOnly Public or Non-Profit SiteEntire amount of funding provided to clinician at beginning of 2-year contract with NHSCHalf of funding provided at the beginning of each year of the 2-year contract; funds go directly to lenderOne-year continuationsCan re-apply in two-year incrementsComparison of the two programs:Applicants must be licensed by January 1 (date the contract starts)14 typically apply5-8 typically awarded
49Thank you! Iowa Department of Public Health Oral Health Center Dr. Bob Russell, DDS, MPHPublic Health Dental Director(515)Iowa Department of Public HealthOral Health CenterLucas State Office Building321 East 12th StreetDes Moines, Iowa 50319
50ReferencesInstitute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. The Future of Public Health. Washington DC; National Academy Press; 1988.Public Health Functions Steering Committee. Public Health in America. Washington, DC: PHS; 1995.CDC. Ten Great Public Health Achievements - United States, MMWR. 1999;48(12);