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WEBINAR: A Conversation with State Medicaid Officials on Adult Dental Coverage

With support from the DentaQuest Foundation, National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) will be holding a webinar on adult dental coverage next Friday, July 10th, 1-2PM EST. Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, Medicaid officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits—will share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations. NASHP will also provide an overview of a new brief that draws out lessons for state policymakers on these topics. Read More »

New Visions for Long-Term Services and Supports

Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is one of the four main focus areas of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). In advance of this once-per-decade event, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is convening a free webinar that will look to the lessons of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care and the innovations of the aging services network to frame the future for person-centered LTSS. Titled "New Visions for Long-term Services and Supports: The Aging Network & the White House Conference on Aging," it will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on June 25.  Read More »

Professional Education

White House Conference on Aging - WEBINAR on Alzheimer’s

As we age, a number of factors can affect our physical and mental well-being. It is well known that physical activity, falls prevention, and managing chronic diseases, for example, can help us maintain good physical health and function. But did you know that there are ways to help keep the brain in good health as well? Find out the latest on national and state efforts to address these issues and what you can do to help keep your brain healthy in a webinar co-sponsored by the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) and the Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, June 11, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Read More »

Professional Education

New Perspectives on Evidence-Based Dentistry Webinar

Half of adults in America 30 and over have periodontal disease (64.7 million). This presentation will review a patient-centered approach to Oral Health Education and encourage Dental Professionals to reconsider the clinical relevance of gingivitis. The principles of Evidence-Based Dentistry will be reviewed and examples of how to use the evidence to guide clinical decision-making will be shared. A discussion of the role of regulatory bodies in the US will help Dental Professionals evaluate optimal recommendations for their patients’ home care. Read More »

Professional Education

What Dentists Need to Know About Medicare

DentalCodeology, authors Patti DiGangi, Christine Taxin, and Jan Palmer discuss the changes in Medicare, provide updates on upcoming registration deadlines, and answer questions dentists have about Medicare. Read More »

Professional Education

Oral Health for Older Adults in Palliative Care & Long-Term Settings Webinar

Older adults residing in institutional settings have unique oral care needs. Often facing multiple chronic conditions, limited access to dental care, and self-care deficits, these seniors are especially vulnerable to sub-optimal oral hygiene and oral/dental complications. NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN), and the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) webinar will focus on the role of the interprofessional team and nursing in the oral care of elders in long term care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the palliative oral care issues of those with multiple medical co-morbidities or serious advanced illness. Oral palliative care focuses on the management of oral symptoms and the promotion of oral hygiene and comfort, with the goal of optimizing quality of life.  Read More »

Other Resources

Maturity Re-Imagined

How will you live the rest of your life? The timing, power and purpose of maturity are being dramatically re-imagined as a result of increasing longevity, the boomer age wave and a spectrum of new lifestyle choices across adulthood, including health, family, work, housing, leisure, giving and money. In this provocative presentation, recorded at ASA’s 2015 Aging in America Conference, Ken Dychtwald, PhD, President and CEO of Age Wave, and Chair-Elect of ASA’s Board of Directors, explored a wide range of game-changing issues in the longevity revolution. Read More »