Beazoglou T, Douglass J, Myne-Joslin V, Baker P, Bailit H. Impact of fee increases on dental utilization rates for children living in Connecticut and enrolled in Medicaid. J Am Dent Assoc. 2015;146(1):52-60. Access Abstract
NPM: 13-2: Oral Health in Childhood
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): CAREGIVER, Outreach (caregiver), PROVIDER/PRACTICE, Outreach (Provider), POPULATION-BASED SYSTEMS, STATE, Medicaid Reform
Intervention Description: The authors obtained Medicaid eligibility, claims, and provider data before and after the fee increase, in 2006 and 2009 through 2012, respectively. Their analysis examined changes in utilization rates, service mix, expenditures, and dentists' participation. The authors qualitatively assessed the general impact of the recession on utilization rate changes.
Conclusion: The Medicaid fee increase, program improvements, and the recession had a dramatic impact on reducing disparities in children's access to dental care in Connecticut.
Study Design: QE: pretest-posttest
Significant Findings: No
Target Audience: Children continuously enrolled in Medicaid (Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth A program) for at least 11 months and 1 day within a calendar year
Data Source: Medicaid enrollment and encounter data
Sample Size: 2006 (n=161,130) 2009 (n=166,787) 2010 (n=204,550) 2011 (n=215,377) 2012 (n=214,680)
Age Range: not specified