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MCNA Dental announced today that it has entered into a contract with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as the sole dental benefits administrator for the Idaho Smiles Medicaid Dental Program. The contract was awarded after MCNA Dental successfully completed a competitive procurement process. The company will begin serving the approximately 280,000 children and adults enrolled in Idaho Medicaid statewide on February 1, 2017.
"MCNA Dental is committed to the nationwide advancement of responsible, culturally-sensitive dental care and services leading to better oral and overall health for all. Continual innovation within our programs and technology is central to what we do and what we accomplish every day on behalf of each of our state partners," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, President and CEO of MCNA Dental.
"We are pleased to have this opportunity to join with the Idaho professional dental community and work with dentists and regulators across the state to improve access to vital dental care and services," said Dr. Roger Sanger, Idaho Executive Director for MCNA Dental. "We look forward to being a proactive partner to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare using our proven approach to the management of state Medicaid dental benefit programs."
MCNA Dental will provide access to high quality oral health care for children and adults through an extensive network of dentists and dental specialists. In addition to our strong working relationships with dental providers, MCNA Dental will ensure Idaho Medicaid members receive appropriate dental care and services through our dedicated Case Management and Quality Improvement programs.
MCNA Dental joins with the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry and the statewide dental community to ensure that when school is out, sealants are in. MCNA Dental's Summer Sealant Campaign is driving forward to success in preventing dental decay in children through increased placement of dental sealants on the permanent molars of enrollees in the Louisiana Medicaid Dental Program during summer checkups. Sealant Saturday events held by MCNA Dental in partnership with LSU open dental clinic doors outside of normal business hours to provide access to sealants and preventive care for children who do not have an established dental home.
"Early childhood oral disease is entirely preventable. MCNA Dental was founded on the principles of prevention and of quality oral health care for all," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, MCNA Dental's founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "I am proud of MCNA Dental's powerful partnership with LSU and the success of the Summer Sealant Campaign, and excited to continue working with Louisiana's dental community to host innovative events like our Sealant Saturdays. Together, we will ensure that dental sealants are more fully utilized across the state."
MCNA Dental fully supports recent recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) calling for an increase in the utilization of dental sealants on the primary and permanent molars of children and adolescents. A recent joint report published by the AAPD and the ADA states that children with sealants are up to 80% less prone to cavities than those without them.
Dr. Philip Hunke, Past-President of the AAPD and Plan President of MCNA Dental in Texas, joins MCNA Dental's founder and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, in taking action to align the company's network of dental providers with updated AAPD guidelines for dental sealants through ongoing provider education and innovative programs like the Summer Sealant Campaign. The campaign uses targeted, direct outreach to members to encourage increased utilization of sealants and other key preventive services.
"The message from both the ADA and AAPD is clear. Dental sealants are a safe and highly effective defense against the development of cavities and dental decay, and MCNA Dental is committed to increasing their use across our entire network of dental providers,"said Dr. Hunke. "Our prevention-focused dental sealant program is helping MCNA Dental reach more of Louisiana's children who are at risk for childhood dental disease and help them avoid the pain, trauma, and missed school hours that cavities and decay cause."
MCNA Dental's Summer Sealant Campaign is another example of MCNA's alignment with the National Quality Strategy (NQS) for Improvement in Health Care. The NQS was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf on the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Summer Sealant Campaign touches all three Aims within the NQS:
- Better Care: Improve the overall quality, by making health care more patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
- Healthy People/Healthy Communities: Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of health in addition to delivering higher quality of care.
- Affordable Care: Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and government.
MCNA Dental began serving members enrolled in the Iowa Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) on August 1, 2016, as a dental benefits administrator contracted with the Iowa Department of Human Services. The DWP offers coverage for comprehensive dental benefits to Iowa residents enrolled in the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.
"We are proud to partner with the Iowa dental community to provide dental benefits and services to members of the Iowa Dental Wellness Plan. Our goal is to offer a choice for quality dental care to these members, supported by the power of our comprehensive Outreach Program," said Shannon Boggs-Turner, Vice President of Operations for MCNA Dental. "MCNA Dental is committed to working with our network of providers to make a positive impact on the oral health of our members."
MCNA Dental is committed to improving oral health outcomes for life through the provision of responsible, high-quality dental health care supported by our fully coordinated Outreach Program. All outreach activities are targeted to reach our members in the communities where they live. MCNA's proactive team provides oral health education and actively assists members in accessing the dental services they need.
MCNA Dental is providing over $25,000 in donations to assist flood victims and dental providers in the 20 parishes of Louisiana declared a federal disaster due to recent record flooding across the state. Additional resources are being made available to assist our participating dentists in their rebuilding efforts, so they can open their offices as quickly as possible.
MCNA Dental provides dental services to children and adults enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid and CHIP programs.
In partnership with the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, MCNA Dental has provided 4,000 dental hygiene kits to the university for those families who have been left homeless and are being temporarily housed in shelters around the state.
MCNA is also proud to support the efforts of Governor Edwards by donating to the Louisiana Red Cross to help families in need of temporary housing, food, clothing and other necessities, according to Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, President, CEO, and Founder of MCNA Dental.
"Our family, friends, and colleagues have been affected by the flooding. As a graduate of Tulane University, a piece of my heart has always been in Louisiana," said Dr. Feingold. "We will be there to support their recovery."
The Louisiana Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies every day. Prevention is taught in schools, at public events and at speaking engagements. Preparations take place with training for CPR, first aid and more. Volunteers are called to the scene of emergencies to give food, clothing, shelter, and comfort to all people who are affected by disasters.
MCNA Dental’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, recommends flossing once per day as a part of a responsible oral hygiene regimen that, when paired with professional cleanings and twice-daily tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, protects teeth and gums by removing harmful plaque and bacteria. MCNA Dental joins the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) in publicly reaffirming the importance of daily flossing as a way to interrupt and remove plaque and bacteria below the gum line.
As a Florida-licensed Periodontist and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Feingold agrees with official statements made by the ADA concerning flossing. He is making this statement in response to a recent Washington Post article that questioned the strength of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of the practice (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/medical-benefits-of-dental-floss-unproven/2016/08/02/ea2e991a-5866-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html).
According to the ADA, understanding and practicing the proper technique for cleaning between teeth with floss or another type of interdental cleaner is key to its effectiveness. The ADA recommends that all children and adults ask their dentists about the proper technique to ensure the best results. For more information about the use of floss and other interdental cleaners, visit www.MouthHealthy.org.
MCNA Dental's founder and CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, attended the unveiling of the portrait of Former Texas Governor Rick Perry at the Texas Capitol Rotunda in Austin on May 6. Dr. Feingold and Mrs. Barbara Feingold, Vice President of MCNA Dental, were present to support former Governor Perry and celebrate his outstanding service to the great State of Texas. The presentation of the portrait and its placement in the Rotunda follow a long-standing tradition honoring the state's governors.
Former Governor Perry serves as a Director on the MCNA Insurance Company Board of Directors. He was the longest serving governor in the history of Texas, serving from December 2000 to January 2015. He left office to pursue the presidential candidacy and has since become an important conservative leader in national politics.
"I congratulate former Governor Perry for this momentous honor; I have always been personally inspired by the way he embraces innovation and growth while still remaining true to his Texas roots. I took great pride in bearing witness to the placement of his portrait in its rightful place within the Texas Capitol, marking his transformative contributions to the history of this great state. His entire career, from service to our country in the US Air Force to his final election to the office of Governor of Texas, speaks of the type of hard work, dedication, and spirit of continual improvement we value at MCNA Dental," said Dr. Feingold. "On behalf of everyone at MCNA Dental, I can heartily say we are so fortunate to have him as a part of our team."
The event was attended by hundreds of friends, supporters, and family members including Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus. The portrait was painted by Fort Worth, Texas, painter James Tennison. It has been placed in the Texas Capitol Rotunda on the first floor next to the portrait of Former Governor George W. Bush.