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Fingar KR, Smith MW, Davies S
AHRQ Author: Stocks C
Medicaid dental coverage alone may not lower rates of dental emergency department visits.
This study examined county-level rates of ED visits for nontraumatic dental conditions in twenty-nine States in 2010 in relation to dental provider density and Medicaid coverage of nonemergency dental services. It found that county-level Medicaid-funded dental ED visit rates were lower in states where Medicaid covered nonemergency dental services than in other states, although this difference was not significant after other factors were adjusted for.
AHRQ-authored; AHRQ-funded; 290201200003I; HS021700.
Citation: Fingar KR, Smith MW, Davies S . Medicaid dental coverage alone may not lower rates of dental emergency department visits. Health Aff 2015 Aug;34(8):1349-57. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0223..
Keywords: Dental and Oral Health, Emergency Department, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Comparative Effectiveness, Medicaid