Posts by Samantha Dorr

Important Update to Fluoride Varnish Billing Code for Medical Providers

Our partners in primary care do an outstanding job to integrate oral health services, with key, collaborative support from the dental community. Following this, we are making partners aware of an important code change that will affect medical providers who bill Medicaid for fluoride varnish application. (There is no change for dental providers.) Medical Providers Only: Beginning March 1, 2015, physicians and other qualified…

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Virginian-Pilot Article Highlights Dental Issues Faced by Adults with Special Needs

On January 2, 2015, the Virginian-Pilot published the article “Special-needs patients face difficulties with dental care,” highlighting the issues that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may face when accessing dental care. The article mentioned the Coalition's recent program, funded by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, that aimed to increase the number of Virginia…

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Dental Program Brings Care to People with Developmental Disabilities

Chesapeake, Va. Adults with developmental disabilities will receive free oral health services on Saturday, October 18 through a training program designed to teach dental providers how to care for individuals with special health care needs. Dentists are unlikely to receive this type of specialized training in dental school, and many people with developmental disabilities lack…

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VaOHC Joins Partners to Support CHIP Funding Extension

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (known as “FAMIS” in Virginia) provides medical and dental coverage to more than 113,000 children and 1,300 pregnant women in Virginia whose families earn up to 200% FPL (or $47,700 for a family of four) – just over the Medicaid income limit of 143% FPL. Smiles for Children provides…

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2014 Virginia Oral Health Summit – Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2014 Virginia Oral Health Summit is now open!  The focus of this year's Summit is “Caring for the Whole Person: Oral Health in Patient-Centered Care.”  Summit speakers will explore how medical and dental providers can work together to deliver comprehensive health care for their patients that includes oral health.  This event is…

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VaOHC Seeks Health Care Providers for its Clinical Advisory Board

Poor oral health is linked to diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, heart disease, childhood illnesses, even lost school and work hours — yet oral health can be an isolated, and often too neglected, part of health care.  The Virginia Oral Health Coalition (VaOHC) seeks medical and dental providers to join a Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) to…

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Webinar “Dental Benefits Improve Health and Save Money” – Now Online!

A recording of the webinar “Dental Benefits Improve Health and Save Money,” as well as the slide presentations, are now available online at http://myvbch.org/events/dental_benefit/.  This webinar was originally presented on Tuesday, August 5 in partnership with the Virginia Business Coalition on Health, and is intended for employers and business leaders who wish to improve employee wellness…

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VaOHC is Hiring – Office and Program Assistant

The Virginia Oral Health Coalition (the “Coalition”) seeks a motivated new team member to serve as the Office and Program Assistant to assist staff with daily office operations and program activities. This is a part-time, grant-funded position (25 hours/week), working five hours each day, Monday-Friday. The Coalition is a committed group of individuals and organizations…

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Scholarship Available to Medical-Dental Team for Leadership Program

Health care providers are well-aware that poor oral health is linked to diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, heart disease, childhood illnesses, even lost school and work hours — yet, oral health is an isolated, and often too neglected, part of health care.  The Virginia Oral Health Coalition (VaOHC) seeks to support clinicians who wish to deepen…

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