Local Dental Pilot Project application process opens

The California Department of Health Care Services has opened its application cycle for proposals for Local Dental Pilot Projects (LDPP) being developed under the Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver.

The waiver includes the Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI), which represents a critical mechanism to improve dental health for Medi-Cal children by focusing on high-value care, improved access and utilization of performance measures to drive delivery system reform.

The DTI covers four domains:

  • Preventive dental services.
  • Caries risk assessment and treatment.
  • Continuity of care.
  • Local Dental Pilot Projects.

CDA strongly advocated for the under-resourced Denti-Cal program to be included in a final agreement between the state of California and the federal government when they made changes late last year to the state's contract with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which governs the operation of Medi-Cal. The unprecedented agreement offers increased flexibility to better meet the needs of beneficiaries and infuses an additional $740 million investment in Denti-Cal over the next five years.

LDPP applications must be submitted by a "lead entity," which can be a county, a city and county, a consortium of counties serving a region consisting of more than one county, a Tribe, an Indian Health Services program, University of California or California State University campus. Lead entities are encouraged to collaborate with other programs and organizations in their communities to reach program goals, and interested dentists and local dental component societies are encouraged to be active partners in their community's LDPPs where appropriate.

LDPP applications are available now and are due August 15. Fifteen pilot projects will be selected to commence in January 2017.

For more information about the DTI's first three domains and associated incentives for Denti-Cal providers, and to access the LDPP application, visit: dhcs.ca.gov, click on "Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver," and scroll down to "Dental Transformation Initiative."

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