We are pleased to pass along this email message received today from the Virginia Oral Health Coalition:
In response to the need for improved access to oral health care, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) developed the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice (IOHPCP) initiative. Coalition staff and board members were invited participants in the stakeholder group which helped develop these recommendations.
The resulting IOHPCP report reaffirms the Coalition’s message that oral health is a necessary component of primary care and outlines simple steps for integration, including:
- Apply oral health core clinical competencies, such as oral health assessments, within primary care practices;
- Develop an infrastructure that enhances adoption of the oral health core clinical competencies and acts as a conduit for interprofessional care; and
- Modify payment policies to efficiently address the costs of implementing oral health competencies and provide incentives to health care systems and practitioners.
If you’re interested in more information about oral health and primary care integration (academic or clinical settings), please contact Sarah Bedard Holland at 804.269.8721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Coalition has a menu of resources for large- or small-scale integration.