SPRING 2012 
  In This Issue:

Medicare and Medicaid Updates

Introducing Care360

EmblemHealth Injectable Drug Utilization Management Program Begins

Claims Corner

Utilization Review Criteria Update

Medical Director Availability After an Adverse Determination

Member Rights and Responsibilities

Provider Advisory Webinars a Success

CAHPS Member Satisfaction Surveys Are in the Field!

Behind the Scenes

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Medication Adherence for Chronic Conditions

Medical Management of COPD

Dental Hygiene Is Important

How to Help Your Patient With ADHD

Your Role in Slowing the Obesity Epidemic

Health and Wellness Programs

What Is a Health Outcome Survey?

Clinical Corner

News&Notes Archive

Dental Hygiene Is Important

Multiple studies have demonstrated the correlation between poor oral health and poor health outcomes. Because more people visit their medical doctor for routine care than their dentist, you can help ensure the oral health of your patients by encouraging regular dental hygiene and visits.

For young children and adolescents, an oral risk assessment should be included in a well-child exam. For providers of Medicaid members less than seven years old, we cover the application of fluoride varnish in the medical office as a billable service utilizing code D1206.

Adults, especially pregnant women, should also be encouraged to see their dentist for routine oral care. Continue to reinforce the value of regular dental hygiene and oral care.


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