Taking Emergency Departments Out of Oral Health Care
These strategies will help ensure that vulnerable children receive routine and preventive oral care in dental — rather than medical — settings.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Identify the reasons children utilize hospital emergency departments (ED) for dental treatment.
- Discuss strategies for expanding access to dental care in an attempt to encourage treatment by oral health professionals, rather than ED staff.
- Explain the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s essential benefit for children’s oral health services.
This course was issued in the November 2016 issue and expires 11/30/19. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.