The implementation of value-based care in oral health brings both opportunities and challenges. This article describes a symposium, convened in December 2019, at which subject matter experts discussed this topic. The article describes the symposium process and methodology and summarizes themes that emerged. Key points include:
- Attendees of the symposium predicted that value-based would claim a large portion of market share in oral health care within the next 10 years.
- While participants had broad agreement about the current state and future ideal state, there was less consensus on the specific actions needed to close the gap between the two.
- In a post-symposium survey, attendees did not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic would delay or negatively affect the adoption of value-based care and expected that it could instead accelerate its adoption.
In sum, the oral health community has momentum to move toward value-based care, but more research and analysis are necessary to determine how to execute this delivery model.
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- Oral Health Value-Based Care: The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Story, a white paper that explores how and why community health centers are often well-positioned to adopt value-based care.
- A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care, a white paper that outlines a new model in dentistry that will be more cost-effective, efficient, and equitable.