Seminar - 60 Minutes
In July 2018, a diverse group of stakeholders released a white paper, An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include Oral Health in Health Care. This white paper is an interprofessional, collaborative effort written and published by leaders in the consumer, healthcare and dental fields, including Oral Health America, the American Dental Association, Center for Medicare Advocacy, the DentaQuest Foundation, Families USA, Justice in Aging and the Santa Fe Group. The white paper examines many aspects of adding an oral health benefit to Medicare, including medical necessity, costs and the need for legislative changes. The goal is to raise awareness for the need for oral health care to be integrated with, and elevated to, the same importance as the rest of health care in Medicare so that older adults can achieve optimal oral and overall health outcomes.