Mak­ing den­tal care a pri­or­ity in com­mu­nity health

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent fea­ture “Mov­ing den­tal health into pri­mary care” (Jan. 9, p. 13), there is a com­mu­nity health provider in Ren­ton, Wash., called Health-Point that has al­ready im­ple­mented this model, is shar­ing in­for­ma­tion via its elec­tronic health record, and 75% of its pa­tients are on Med­i­caid or Medi­care. The onus isn’t on the pri­mary-care doc­tor; rather they work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the den­tal unit and den­tists on site. It’s a fan­tas­tic model that should be copied. Ja­son Owens Prov­i­dence St. Joseph Health-Prov­i­dence Health & Ser­vices Ren­ton, Wash.

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