Texas Oral Health Coalition
It shall be the mission of the Texas Oral Health Coalition to promote oral health across the lifespan. The purpose of the coalition is to promote optimal oral health for all Texans through a statewide partnership.
   Volume: 1, Issue: 6                                 www.txohc.org                                       May 16, 2013
In This Issue


Free Webinar from AAP 


Dell Medical School


Two New CDT Codes to Improve Access


Three New CDT Codes for CAMBRA


TxOHC Legislative Update...


Texas Health Care Reform Information 


Vacation Caution Alert


DentaQuest New Online Learning Resource


2013 Oral Health Summit
Linking Interprofessionals Together To Achieve Optimal Health

November 22-23, 2013
Austin, TX

HP2020 TxOHC Supports  
Two Minutes for Oral Health

Visit Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives to find fun tips and cartoons for encouraging 

kids to take care of their teeth. 


2min2x is a 3-year website campaign developed by the Ad Council and the Partnership for

Healthy Mouths.  Visit today and learn how you can get involved.


Find Out Your Dental Score


A new oral health tool from Delta Dental, My Dental Score is a Self Exam that helps discover your risk for oral diseases. Find it at http://mydentalscore.com/  

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a free webinar

to discuss the importance of collaboration among health professionals to ensure that the oral health needs of pregnant women are met. 

Webinar: Working Together to Promote Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women
Date/Time:  June 3, 2013, 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern Time
(12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
1.5 CE for AMA, AAP, AAPA, NAPNAP see website for more details. oralhealth@aap.org 


Dell Medical School Construction Plans Unveiled


According to UT Austin website...  


May 8, 2013

Dell Medical School Construction Plans Unveiled

Tomorrow the University of Texas System Board of Regents will consider a $334 million plan to construct a medical school at The University of Texas at Austin. Construction of the Dell Medical School will bring focus to the university's diverse biomedical research as it helps transform community health care, UT Austin President Bill Powers told regents Wednesday.


The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin will improve health in Travis County and throughout the country by training new physicians, providing treatment in a new teaching hospital and conducting research to expand knowledge of medicine and medical technology.


Scheduled to accept its first class in 2016, it will offer a unique opportunity in medical education. As part of the campus of one of the nation's leading research universities, it will pursue excellence in transdisciplinary and interprofessional education. 


Two New Codes 

Support State Efforts to Improve Access to Dental Services


The October 2012 version of the American Dental Association's Current Dental Terminology (CDT) includes two new codes for diagnostic services that do not specify a dentist as the rendering provider. CMS believes these services will support states in their efforts to maximize the ability of all healthcare professionals, operating within the scope of state practice acts, to serve Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. The two new codes are:


D0190 - Screening of a patient
A screening, including state or federally mandated screenings, to determine an individual's need to be seen by a dentist for a diagnosis.

D0191 - Assessment of a patient 

A limited clinical inspection that is performed to identify possible signs of oral or systemic disease, malformation, or injury, and the potential need for referral for diagnosis and treatment.


May 14, 2013                                   Written by Carifree

Big changes are coming for dental practices performing CAries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA). After extensive review by the American Dental Association and the CDT (Current Dental Terminology) Code Committee, 3 new CAMBRA codes will be introduced in the 2014 codebook!


Once these codes become established, dental insurance companies will develop products (plans) that will ideally provide coverage for performing caries risk assessment. This is a huge step for practices and patients who are already incorporating formal CAMBRA concepts, and for those who have been waiting for such recognition from bodies like the ADA and CDT that CAMBRA is the accepted standard of practice.


 TxOHC Legislative Update...


Changes are occurring daily and legislative session ends May 27, 2013.  Like us on Facebook and receive legislative updates on dental related bills.



HB 1491 - Relating to the temporary licensing of a dentist who performs voluntary charity care. Senate placed on local and uncontested calendar 5/17/13 - Passed in House 4/17/13

HB 1395 - Relating to the exemption of registered dental laboratories from certain distributing and manufacturing licensing requirements. Senate passed 5/15/13 and House signed 5/16/13

HB 2483 - Relating to including oral health education as part of the coordinated health program for public elementary, middle, and junior high school students. Senate scheduled for hearing in Education Committee 5/16/13

SB 8 - Relating to the provision and delivery of certain health and human services in this state, including the provision of those services through the Medicaid program and the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in that program and other programs. 
House placed on General State Calendar 5/17/13. Senate passed 4/15/13

SB 632 - Relating to contracts between optometrists or therapeutic optometrists and health maintenance organizations or insurers. 
House placed on General State Calendar 5/17/13. Passed in Senate 4/10/13

SB 497 - Relating to the number of semester credit hours required to earn an associate degree at public institutions of higher education. Reported favorably out of Higher Education committee without amendments 5/15/13. Passed in Senate 3/21/13

Health Care Reform Implementation Status and Developments in Texas
House Bill 3791, an alternative to Medicaid expansion that would have created several options to allow low-income childless adults in Texas subsidies to buy private insurance, expired in the lower chamber as the legislative session ended on May 9. HB 3791 previously passed out of the House Appropriations Committee on April 23rd.
According to Think Progress, Representative John Zerwas (R), HB 3791's backer, expressed frustration at the outcome, "I'm disappointed. It's one of the biggest issues of the session and we didn't really have the robust debate I thought we should have." A non-binding Republican-backed rider that would have enabled state and federal officials to continue the conversation on expanding health coverage also failed.


Keep up with the latest news at KidsWell State Overview.  


NPR, Rebecca Blevin                                05/13/2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the total number of valley fever cases nationwide rose by nearly 900 percent from 1998 to 2011. Researchers don't have a good explanation for the dramatic increase. Even when accounting for growing populations throughout the Southwest, the numbers are still staggering.


May 13, 2013 -- DentaQuest Institute has launched a free online learning resource focused on prevention and disease management, dental practice improvement, and technical assistance.

The dental learning center allows dental professionals to earn certified education units for completing learning modules on prevention and disease management and the effective management of safety-net dental programs, the company noted in a press release.

The site includes an eight-module, self-paced curriculum on prevention and disease management of caries, from birth to maturity. Seven practice management modules will be released this summer.

Users can do the following:

  • Participate in webinar presentations from experts in clinical care improvements, practice management, and safety net dentistry.
  • Browse a document library of professional guidelines, safety-net dental-specific policies, procedures, and templates.
  • Link to other oral health sites and documents on the Web.
  • Collaborate with safety-net dental professionals through a social media community.

DentaQuest Institute's safety-net solutions clients can also access a secure, customized dashboard for technical support.



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