Findings From Georgia Institute Of Technology Has Provided New Data On Managed Care (Evaluating Access To Pediatric Oral Health Care In The Southeastern States): Managed Care – InsuranceNewsNet

2022 MAY 05 (NewsRx) — By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics, Law & Government Daily — Current study results on Managed Care have been published. According to news reporting originated from Atlanta, Georgia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “In this article, the authors addressed shortcomings in existing research on pediatric oral health care access using strict data and methods for identifying significant significant disparities in oral health care for children. The study population included children, differentiated by insurance status (Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, private, none).”

Financial support for this research came from NIH National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, “The authors measured provider-level supply as the number of oral health care visits, stratified by provider type and urbanicity-rurality. The authors defined demand as the number of dental visits for children and derived demand and supply mainly from 2019 and 2020 data. Using statistical modeling, the authors evaluated where disparities in travel distance across communities or by insurance status were statistically significant. Although Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas are preeminent rural, this study found that the proportions of rural, suburban, and urban communities identified for access interventions ranged from 24% through 66% and from 8% through 86%, respectively. For some states (Florida, Louisiana, Texas), rural and suburban communities showed a need for interventions for all children, while in the remaining states, the lack of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program access mainly contributed to these disparities. Variations in access disparities with respect to insurance status across states or by urbanicity-rurality were extensive, with the rate of communities identified for reducing disparities ranging from 1% through 100%. All states showed a need for access interventions and for reducing disparities due to geographic location or insurance status. The sources of disparities were different across states, suggestive need for different policies and interventions across the 10 states. Practical Implications.”

According to the news editors, the research concludes: “The study findings support the need for policies towards reducing disparities in oral health care access.”

This research has been peer-reviewed.

For more information on this research see: Evaluating Access To Pediatric Oral Health Care In the Southeastern States. The Journal of the American Dental Association2022;153(4). The Journal of the American Dental Association can be contacted at: Amer Dental Association, 211 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, the USA.

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Nicoleta Serban, Georgia Institute of Technology, H Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering755 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, United States. Additional authors for this research include Simin Ma, Katrine Pospichel and Lisha Yang.

The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adaj.2021.09.005. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.

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