Partnership and Growth

Participating MORE Care Primary Care Practices

Throughout the MORE Care Collaborative, the DentaQuest Partnership has worked with local, state and national stakeholders testing strategies to integrate and coordinate oral health care for patients.

Phase 1 Pilot: The South Carolina Experience

In 2015, the DentaQuest Partnership worked with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and Medical University of South Carolina to pilot test models of integration of oral health into primary care and build dental care referral networks. 6 rural primary care practices participated in a 12-month learning collaborative to test strategies for optimizing systems in their practices to support the delivery of oral health preventive services and coordinate care to dental providers for treatment.

Phase 2 Pilot: The Pennsylvania and Colorado Expansion

Drawing from the experience and knowledge gained during the Phase 1 Pilot in South Carolina, MORE Care expanded to two new states, partnering with the Colorado Rural Health Center and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health to support 17 rural primary care sites in those states. The goal of Phase 2 was to further test oral health integration strategies and the development of dental referral networks in new environments of care to determine feasibility, challenges and successes.

The Future of MORE Care

The Medical Oral Expanded Care framework, which has been developed and pilot tested in three different states since 2015, has provided valuable knowledge and evidence related to oral health integration and coordination. Building upon knowledge gained through this previous experience, DentaQuest’s MORE Care model will be adapted and tested in Central Oregon’s CCO (coordinated care organization) environment, where the health care landscape will allow for enhanced ability to establish an interoperative health information technology solution to facilitate interprofessional practice. As we move into a new era of health care, this unique opportunity will provide timely insight into how medical and dental programs are able to coordinate care effectively to improve health outcomes. DentaQuest continues to gain knowledge and expertise about how health information technology can play a role in improving health outcomes across health disciplines so that knowledge can be spread and disseminated to wider audiences.