is the various associations, organizations, agencies and other professional networks which exist to SERVE DENTAL CARE PROVIDERS AND OTHERS ASSOCIATED WITH DENTISTRY. Some of these groups exist primarily to protect and serve dental patients.
refers to the configurations of providers, management styles and types, equipment, financing arrangements and other factors which function as the interface between dentists (the supply of services) and patients (the demand of services)
What are the three key organizational components in dentistry?
1. Professional associations
2. Government agencies
3. Private sector organizations
ADA is a tri-partite organization meaning that the ADA has three components: national, state, and local
What functions does the ADA perform for dentists (at the national level)?
political lobbying and other legislative involvement, research and product testing, and a variety of member services, including continuing education and annual meetings, insurance programs and networking opportunities.
What do the state level associations do?
focus more directly on local politcal issues and on membership services, such as professional development, annual meetings, and promoting dentistry within the state
What do local societies tend to focus on?
professional networking, continuing education and promotion of oral health in district communities
At the state level, dentists deal primarily with these three government agencies
1. Department of Health (oversees equipment safety - mostly radiation equipment)
2. Department of Human services (administers the MinnesotaCare insurance program - including Medicaid- plus other insurance related responsibilities
3. Minesota Board of Dentistry (examining and licensing dental care providers, investigates complaints from patients or peer dentists, monitoring continuing education requirements and establishing the rules and regulations governing the practice of dentistry
Board of Dentistry: who appoints it and who does it include?
appointed by the governor; includes four dentists, one dental assistant, one dental hygienist and two public members (soon to include a dental therapist)
School of Dentistry relation to the state of Minnesota
is part of the University of Minnesota which is state-supported school, but which functions as an independent agency under the direction of its Board of Regents; bc it is a state agency, the school has a responsibility to address the needs of the public and to provide training opportunities to residents interested in dentistry, dental hygiene and dental therapy
In exchange for the state's support of the school of dentistry what does the school do in return?
actively works to ensure the availability of oral health care in Minnesota and "serves the public"; this type of relationship exists in states without schools as well (SOCIAL CONTRACT)
What are some other organizational relationships that impact dentistry?
third-party carriers (insurance programs), health systems (such as managed care systems, perferred provider networks and others), philanthropic foundations (the Kellogg, Pew, and Robert Wood Johnson foundations, the United Way and many others) and various patient advocacy groups
Dental public health is focused on: (3)
1. prevention and control of disease at the community level
2. Educating the public to improve oral health
3. Promoting oral health