Bulletin of Dental Education

Dental Quality Alliance Seeks Public Comment

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The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) was established by the American Dental Association (ADA) to develop performance measures for oral health care. The DQA is an organization of major stakeholders in oral health care delivery that use a collaborative approach to develop oral health care measures. DQA’s mission is to advance performance measurement as a means to improve oral health, patient care and safety through a consensus-building process. 

ADEA collaborates with the ADA in the work of the DQA. Dr. Ron Hunt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, is ADEA’s representative on the DQA.

The DQA now seeks public comment on three subject areas:

  1. Annual Measure Review
  2. Sealants Measure Concept
  3. Measure Related to Diabetes

How to Submit Comments:

  1. Submit written comments to DQA Staff at dqa@ada.org by Feb. 15, 2019.
  2. Please designate the specific topic in your email subject line when submitting.
  3. Comments for all topics must be received separately.

Subject 1: 2019 Annual Measure Review

  • To ensure transparency and establish proper protocols for timely assessment of the evidence and the properties of the measures, as well as to comply with the NQF’s endorsement agreement, the DQA has established an annual measure maintenance cycle. The DQA measures are reviewed annually:

    Subject 2: Proposed Sealant Measure Concept

    • The DQA has received feedback based on implementation experience and is looking into options for the program/plan level measure. The DQA seeks your valuable input on a proposed alternative measure concept. Please access the DQA Ad-Hoc Sealant Workgroup page for concept and draft specification. 

    Subject 3: Interim report on the Testing of a Measure Related to Diabetes and Oral Health Status in Adults

    • The DQA calls for review of its Interim Report on the DQA Adult Oral Health Performance Measures Testing project prepared under contract with the University of California, San Francisco and The University of Iowa. This report is to update the stakeholder community on the measure specifications and to highlight key findings and decisions to date, as well as provide an overview of the testing process for the following measure: Adults with Diabetes – Oral Evaluation.

    Published on February 13, 2019

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