Volunteer Groups

NADP volunteers contribute to the success and growth of the association and industry through service on the following groups:

Communications WorkGroup* (formerly Communications Committee) advances NADP’s mission by providing advice and guidance for strategic member and external communications activities.  Participation Standard: Accepts & completes article assignments, provides feedback on articles via conference call or Dental Interact. Staff Liaisons:  Rene Chapin (Lead), Lauren Oakley. Communications Committee 2014 Business Meeting Report

Education Commission advances NADP’s mission by providing integrated educational forums, programs, and services, which deliver value to stakeholders of the dental benefits industry. Participation Standard: Complete 80% of tasks including speaker ratings, city selections, and participation in conferences, webinars and conference calls, etc.  Staff Liaisons:  Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE and Jeremy May.  2014 Education Commission Business Meeting Report

Exchange Technical WorkGroup* (formerly Exchange Operations WorkGroup) allows NADP members to discuss dental operational and technical issues specific to state and federal Marketplaces (Exchanges). Participation Standard: NA. Staff Liaison: Brian Flynn.  2014 Government Relations  Department Business Meeting Report.

FAIR Health WorkGroup serves as a communications channel and resource for FAIR Health staff in the development of utilization products.  Participation Standard: TBD. Staff Liaison: Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE. 2014 FAIR Health WorkGroup Business Meeting Report.

Government Relations WorkGroup (formerly Government Relations Commission) influences and improves the legislative and regulatory environment to protect and promote the dental benefits industry and consumer access to affordable quality dental care. Participation Standard: 80% participation standard by company. “Participation” is defined as conference call and in-person meeting attendance, information sharing via Dental Interact (DI) or email to staff and participation on separate projects.  Staff Liaisons:  Eme Augustini (Lead), Kris Hathaway. 2014 Government Relations  Department Business Meeting Report.

Advocacy  and Compliance Commission (formerly Health Care Reform Task Force) develops positions on elements of reform proposals (subject to Board approval), responds to the impacts of federal health reform proposals as they develop and provides appropriate direction on use of member company lobbyists or hiring of NADP lobbyists. Staff Liaisons:  Kris Hathaway and Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE. Participation Standard: NA.  2014 Government Relations  Department Business Meeting Report.

Membership WorkGroup* (formerly Membership Committee) is accountable for increasing and retaining NADP members. Participation Standard: Attend at least 6 of 8 conference calls and/or provide updates on recruitment & retention lists – plus quarterly outreach to selected companies on both lists.  Staff Liaison:  Rene Chapin. 2014 Membership Committee Business Meeting Report.

Research Commission supports NADP’s mission by gathering data and information to generate and disseminate industry knowledge.  Participation Standard: The voting member or alternate must attend at least one of the two in-person meetings. Staff Liaison:  Jerry Berggren.  2014 Research Commission Business Meeting Report.

Exchange Policy WorkGroup*(formerly State Exchange Task Force) spearheads member engagement on the development of State Exchanges, including analysis and potential responses to state Exchange issues and related federal issues. It also coordinates with the Exchange Operations Workgroup to focus on technical and operational issues related to dental in Exchanges. Participation Standard: 80% participation standard by company. “Participation” is defined as conference call and in-person meeting attendance, information sharing via Dental Interact (DI) or email to staff and participation on separate projects Staff Liaisons:  Eme Augustini and Kris Hathaway . 2014 Government Relations  Department Business Meeting Report.

* Some volunteer groups have proposed name changes to be consistent with a proposed structure that supports the NADP Strategic Plan. These changes are pending Board approval.

Standards and Transaction Initiative (STI) The STI Workgroups provide united industry perspective, leadership and direction on critical dental issues affecting the growth and advancement of the industry. Read the Standards & Transactions Initiative 2014 Business Meeting Report for more information. STI Workgroups include:

Codes WorkGroup coordinates concepts and terminology between procedure codes (CDT), diagnosis codes (SNODENT) and EHR reporting (ICD); develop, reviews and comments on proposed changes to procedure, diagnosis and reporting code sets; provides support for NADP voting seats on ADA Code Maintenance Committee (CMC) and International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) Dental Special Interest Group (Dental SIG). Participation Standard: 80% participation standard by company. “Participation” is defined as conference call and in-person meeting attendance, information sharing via Dental Interact (DI) or email to staff and participation on separate projects. Staff Liaison: Timothy L. Brown

Clinical WorkGroup reviews and comments on current and proposed dental quality measures; provides support for NADP voting seats on Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) and DQA Executive Committee; review and comment on proposed guidelines and standards for disease management in the dental arena from dental specialty groups and the American Dental Association (ADA); i.e. radiation, sealants, pediatric dentistry, etc.; reviews and comments on current and proposed collaborative efforts to develop quality initiatives within state and federal programs; i.e. CMS, state Medicaid, etc. Participation Standard: Participation Standard: 80% participation standard by company. “Participation” is defined as conference call and in-person meeting attendance, information sharing via Dental Interact (DI) or email to staff and participation on separate projects. Staff Liaison: Timothy L. Brown

EDI WorkGroup reviews and comments on mandated EDI transactions for claims processing, electronic funds transfer and electronic health records; develop, review and comment on changes and updates in mandated EDI transactions on behalf of the dental benefits industry; liaisons with other state and national organizations engaged in the EDI arena; provides support for NADP voting seats on Dental Content Committee (DeCC), Health Level 7 (HL7), Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI), Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and American National Standards Institute X12 (X12) including leadership positions on WEDI Dental Workgroup and X12 Dental Caucus. Participation Standard: 80% participation standard by company. “Participation” is defined as conference call and in-person meeting attendance, information sharing via Dental Interact (DI) or email to staff and participation on separate projects.  Staff Liaison: Brian Flynn

Operations WorkGroup develops, reviews and comments on proposals for dental plan accreditation with accreditation organizations and federal representatives; develops, reviews and comments on proposals for uniform credentialing within dental benefits organizations and outside vendors; serves as liaison to dental service organizations (DSOs) and the Dental Group Practice Association (DGPA) on initiatives of interest to both including credentialing, on-boarding and data sharing. Participation Standard:  80% participation standard by company. “Participation” is defined as conference call and in-person meeting attendance, information sharing via Dental Interact (DI) or email to staff and participation on separate projects.  Staff Liaison: Brian Flynn