By Board Chair Jeremy Hedrick, Careington International

At the Leadership Conference last month, our volunteer leaders supplied feedback on each High-Level Initiative (HLI) of the NADP Strategic Plan. Using a RACI (responsible, accountable, contribute, informed) review format, the volunteer groups also shared how they will implement the operational plans supporting each HLI. In my last column, we focused on HLI #1. This month, we will focus on HLI #2:

Understand and influence the growing role and objectives of the federal government in dental benefits.

Operational Plans:

  1. Deepen relationships with key Congressional leaders and organize regular engagement with federal regulatory bodies
  2. Develop and implement a strategy to increase Political Action Committee (PAC) participation and activity
  3. Assess the industry’s role in driving adoption and use of diagnostic terminology
  4. Expand member educational opportunities on related topics such as Medicare and Medicaid programs, social determinants of health, and value-based care

The Commission on Advocacy Policy (CAP) reported they are accountable for HLI #2.  With support from the Government Funded Programs Workgroup, they will continue to shape association policy and response to proposals around dental and the Medicare program. There are opportunities to further uncover any potential future alignment on this issue with providers and the American Dental Association as well as promote related policies like Independent Purchase among stakeholder groups that have an interest in Medicare dental.

The Diagnostic Terminology Sub-WorkGroup (DT SWG) noted they are accountable for the operational plan three as it falls squarely within this group’s expertise. DT SWG noted education of providers and carriers about diagnostic terminology and its value will be important. Practice management software solutions also need to be engaged.  (For more information about this group, see “Terminology Talk” in this newsletter).

Terminology, Standards and Transaction (TST) groups will contribute by offering the clinical viewpoint in meetings with policymakers.

The Education Commission is accountable for operational plan four (educational opportunities) on these topics. To achieve success, they will offer webinars or CONVERGE sessions on these topics.

The Communications Workgroup and Government Funded Programs Workgroup will consult and contribute as needed.

Measurements: Potential metrics or indicators of progress on the HLI and its Operational Plans include formal interactions with federal regulatory bodies as well as ratings and use of educational materials.

As you can see, the advancement of our association and industry is driven by the collaborative work of our NADP volunteers. I commend their dedication and work on our behalf.

Should you have any questions or comments about the direction of NADP, please contact me.

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