272428 Planning for oral health services: Utilization and cost of dental care for people living with HIV/AIDS

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 2:53 PM - 3:05 PM

Carol Tobias, MMHS , Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Fifteen programs participated in a HRSA-sponsored Special Project of National Significance to expand access to oral health care for people living with HIV (PLWHA). PLWHA who had received no dental care in the previous year enrolled in care and a study. Programs collected dental utilization data (using CDT codes) for 12-24 months and costs were assigned to the codes using different schedules. Data were analyzed by fee schedule and service categories for each year of enrollment to obtain information useful for planning the expansion of oral health care using different programmatic assumptions.

Learning Areas:
Biostatistics, economics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. List the different programmatic and policy factors to consider when planning for the implementation or expansion of oral health services. 2. Differentiate between different levels of service coverage for oral health care, and understand the costs associated with each 3. Identify the relative costs of providing care using different fee schedules for reimbursement 4. Compare the cost of dental care for newly enrolled patients with ongoing maintenance care.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Financing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of multiple federally funded grants focusing on access to and retention in HIV medical care and social services, including several multi-site evaluations of demonstration projects to improve engagement and retention in care.
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.