252087 Dental Education Perspective

Monday, October 31, 2011: 4:50 PM

Richard W. Valachovic, DMD MPH , American Dental Education Association, washinton DC
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ACA, was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The Act contains more than two dozen provisions that relate to oral health and health professions education. This presentation will address six of these provisions that directly impact the dental education community, and the prospects for their actual implementation given the current political and economic environment. These provisions include: insurance plans will be required to include pediatric oral health services for children up to 21 years of age; pediatric oral health services are named as an essential health benefit; a new dental section is established within Title VII for training in general, pediatric, and public health dentistry; Graduate Medical Education (GME) rules affecting dental residencies are modified; a National Health Care Workforce Commission is established; and, Title VII diversity programs are reauthorized. None of the ACA's goals can be realized unless Congress appropriates adequate funds.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List at least 3 of the 6 provisions of the ACA that directly impact the dental education community, Describe the prospects for their actual implementation given the current political and economic environment.List

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association which represents academic dentistry in North American and whci advocates on behalf of our members on issues related to health care reform and financing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.