OH Improvement Collaborative

As a part of More LA Smiles, the Oral Health Improvement Collaborative (OHIC) provides instruction and project support to medical and dental providers who want to use quality improvement methods to improve oral health and access to dental care for their pediatric patients. OHIC is a no cost, hands-on learning collaborative based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s)Breakthrough Series. It brings together clinical leaders in primary care, and their care teams, to:

  • Learn the best ways for medical care teams to improve the prevention of dental caries and management of dental disease
  • Use quality improvement methods to test and implement these best practices
  • Advance the oral health care of their patients

To achieve these goals, OHIC will use a mix of in-person learning sessions, virtual meetings, and individualized team coaching over the course of 10 months.

Activities will focus on infrastructure (team-based care, workflow redesign, Motivational Interviewing) and clinical concerns (oral health screenings, risk assessment, application of fluoride varnish).

Benefits of participation include:

  • Part IV Maintenance of Certification credit (family physicians and pediatricians)
  • No cost CDE and CME credit provided for participation in Collaborative Learning Session
  • Increased performance on quality measures to better position clinics for DTI funding
  • Learning best practices and networking with national experts and other dental and medical professionals from the full range of primary care and dental practice settings across LA County
  • Resources offered through More LA Smiles (e.g., training for medical providers on risk assessment and fluoride application, a registry providing dental provider and oral health resources and referral)
  • Additional training offered through More LA Smiles (e.g., Smiles for Life, Access to Baby and Child Dentistry, California Department of Health Care Services Risk-Based Care)

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About OHIC

Goal: Provide support and technical assistance to safety net medical and dental providers to make measurable improvement in oral health for patients ages 0 – 6

Who: FQHCs and safety net clinics in Phase 1

Starts: September 2018

Focus: Dental-medical integration, prevention, primary care, care coordination

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