by Chris Swanker, Guardian Life
With the first half of the year behind us, I think it’s an important time to update you on the progress we’ve made regarding the high level initiatives (HLIs) of the Association’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Last week the Board of Directors held its second quarterly call with the volunteer group chairs, who reported on their work regarding the HLIs. The call was both informative and encouraging. Following are some of the highlights regarding each HLI.
HLI #1: Address emerging political shifts by improving NADP’s positioning with political and policy leaders to influence positive dental benefit policy outcomes at the federal and state level.
Owners: Commission on Advocacy Policy (CAP), NADPac, Exchange Policy (EPW), Exchange Technical (ETW) and Government Relations (GRW) WorkGroups
HLI #2: Execute a strategy that integrates data, analytics and business intelligence to deliver new value to the dental industry, with emphasis on providers, the delivery of overall health/oral health care and associated outcomes.
Owner: Board of Directors
Highlights: During the first quarter of the year, the Board gathered necessary information to better understand this opportunity. Dr. Fred Horowitz, Nevada Dental Benefits, provided a briefing at the April Board meeting. The Board is currently evaluating the information and formulating a plan, which includes a task force to identify priorities and plan their execution.
HLI #3: Expand collaboration and partnerships with stakeholder organizations with an interest in oral health.
Owners: Standards and Transaction Initiative (STI) (Clinical, EDI, Operations), Government Relations Workgroups plus the Education and Research Commissions.
HLI #4: Expand NADP’s scope and influence to enhance the association’s role in representing members and an expanded range of stakeholders across the dental industry.
Owners: Membership and Operations WorkGroups.
HLI #5: Pursue opportunities that focus on consumers both as the current and potential purchasers of dental benefits and the end users of dental services.
Owners: Communications WorkGroup, EPW, GRW, Research and Education Commissions.
As you can see, the NADP volunteer groups have made significant strides implementing their plans in support of the strategic plan. Volunteering for NADP is where the value of your association is seen most clearly. A call for 2016 volunteers goes out just before CONVERGE, I strongly encourage you to make sure your company is represented. As seen above, the work of NADP volunteer groups brings value to our entire organization and industry.
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions about NADP, I’d like to hear from you. Please email me or call (610) 807-8485.