Participate in study to evaluate the Dental Transformation Initiative

To understand how well the Dental Transformation Initiative program is meeting its goals, the Department of Health Care Services has contracted with Mathematica, an external, independent research organization, to evaluate DTI as outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Special Terms and Conditions.

As part of this evaluation, Mathematica began conducting telephone interviews in spring 2019 with a small group of dental providers to learn about providers’ perspectives on the DTI’s implementation. In fall 2019, Mathematica will conduct an online survey with a large random sample of dental providers to learn about the DTI program.

If you are contacted by Mathematica, please participate in the study. Your perspectives on DTI are important to help DHCS assess and evaluate DTI impact and outcomes as well as inform future program efforts. Only Mathematica will know which providers respond to the survey and interviews. Mathematica will report their findings at an aggregate level, so the information you share with them will not be associated with you or your practice.

The DTI aims to increase the use of preventive dental services for children, prevent and treat more early childhood caries and increase continuity of care for children in the Medi-Cal Dental Program. Learn more on the DTI webpage.

Contact DHCS with any questions.

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