5 Midwest dental organizations 1st in US to publicly report quality indicators

Five Midwestern dental practices have started publicly reporting oral health quality measures, the first U.S. dental practices to do so.

Milwaukee-based ForwardDental, Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System, Milwaukee-based Dental Associates, Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners and Milwaukee-based Children's Wisconsin are all now reporting quality measures to the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality reporting website. The five organizations are also founding members of the WCHQ Oral Health Collaborative.

The first publicly reported measures are caries risk assessment in children, ongoing care in adults with periodontitis and topical fluoride application in high-risk children.

The WCHQ analyzes the quality measures from data submitted by the dental organizations. The WCHQ Oral Health Collaborative aims to use its next set of metrics to help dentists better manage patients with chronic medical conditions.

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