Private Practice & FQHCs


Overview

FQHC

 

  • While private dental practices have to finance their own construction and upgrades, federal and state governments frequently extend large subsidies to finance construction of FQHCs.
  • The state covers the costs of care when MA patients are treated at FQHCs – an amount double that which is paid when MA patients receive services at private practice dental offices (view data). Thus, it is a wise business decision for FQHCs to see MA patients, but an unsustainable business model for private sector practices (view data).

  • The WDA has long advocated for the state or federal governments to conduct a study comparing the costs and benefits of reducing barriers to care by expanding the FQHC model versus investing funds in the MA program so as to utilize existing private sector dental offices to their full capacity.

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WDA position paper on FQHCs-private practice contracting

This paper provides background on the WDA’s support for and role in facilitating discussions between private-practice dentists and FQHCs regarding the potential opportunity to treat more low-income patients.

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WDA proposals to address barriers to dental care

The WDA believes MA patients will get the quality dental care they need and the state has promised them when legislators and other state officials choose to make “healthy choices” on behalf of their constituents.

The WDA seeks policymakers’ support for a variety of legislative initiatives that will help address the issue of dental access problems in a timely manner in our state.

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WDA position paper on FQHCs-private practice contracting

This paper provides background on the WDA’s support for and role in facilitating discussions between private-practice dentists and FQHCs regarding the potential opportunity to treat more low-income patients.

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Links and Resources

County Oral Health Wisconsin Surveillance System

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WDA