unfunded “mandate”

On August 14, 2013, in Dental Therapists, by kbatchelder

ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS On March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)was signed into law. The PPACA contains sections focused on: SEC. 5304. ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT SEC. 340G-1. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM • (1) AUTHORIZATION- The Secretary is authorized to award grants to 15 eligible entities to enable […]

“Does Regulation Affect Economic Outcomes? The Case of Dentistry”

On June 14, 2013, in Dental Therapists, by kbatchelder

The title, “Does Regulation Affect Economic Outcomes? The Case of Dentistry,” is from a 1999 article by Morris Kleiner.  Dr. Kleiner is an economist at the University of Minnesota who has studied how regulations and occupational licensing effect quality and cost. Abstract: This study examines the role of variations in occupational licensing policies in improving the quality […]

How Much Education for a Dental Therapist?

On May 23, 2013, in Dental Therapists, by kbatchelder

Pew vs. Kellogg Both the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Kellogg Foundation are supportive of expanding the use of mid-level dental providers, dental therapists, in the United States. Two years As far as I can tell, both Pew and Kellogg agree on recommendations for an educational program of approximately two years for a dental therapist. The details […]

Dental Therapists – the first post

On May 10, 2013, in Dental Therapists, by kbatchelder

Hi, This is the first post on dentaltherapists.org.  I hope this site can help improve access to quality dental care by sharing information and fostering discussion about dental therapists. I am going to start that discussion by addressing what I see as a core issue in the “controversy” about dental therapists – Economics. On July 25, 2012, […]