States and managed care organizations face real challenges when it comes to running a successful Medicaid program and helping people get and stay healthy. Medicaid leaders find themselves faced with extremely difficult decisions about how best to prioritize critical needs of the population – often times there are no silver bullets. Yet, Medicaid dental partnerships are a great step forward.
The result was that more people got access to the medically necessary oral health they needed.
Tennessee is a perfect example of a dental partnership focused on the triple aim.
This successful model is built upon the idea that aligned incentives can improve outcomes.
- Average distance to a provider is 3.7 miles, compared to a benchmark of 30 miles
- Wait times for routine, urgent, and emergency care are significantly lower than the state’s thresholds
- 100 percent of beneficiaries have patient-centered dental homes—providing accessible, comprehensive, and coordinated care to enrollees