Teledentistry: Removing Barriers and Moving Toward Implementation

Published 08/09/2021

Teledentistry has been shown to increase access to care, improve health outcomes, and reduce costs — and its use across the United States is growing. However, a variety of state-level barriers stand in the way of its continued expansion.

What can stakeholders to do remove these barriers and facilitate the spread of teledentistry?

A new visual report from CareQuest Institute for Oral Health explores the current landscape, barriers, potential solutions, and action steps related to teledentistry.

Recommendations include:

  • Create State Practice Acts that permit each dental provider to practice to the full extent of their credentials and to provide care in community settings.
  • Update reimbursement policies to allow coverage for teledentistry beyond the current pandemic and to stipulate parity regardless of whether the procedure or service is provided via teledentistry or in person.
  • Address and clarify legal issues regarding liability and data security.

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