REACH Expands Dental Clinic TA in the Metro Area

March 6, 2013  |  Foundation News


The REACH Foundation will support a new round of clinical and operational assessments and technical assistance for three dental clinics in the Kansas City metropolitan area, expanding an effort started in 2012 to strengthen the clinical capacity and financial viability of the region’s safety net dental operations. 

Cabot Westside Medical and Dental Center, Kansas City CARE Clinic and Hope Dental, a stand-alone dental program in Blue Springs, Mo., will work with a consulting team from Safety Net Solutions, a program of the DentaQuest Institute, to assess all aspects of their dental program operations, from staffing levels and composition, to patient flow, reimbursement, billing and service delivery. Through the assessment process, clinics gain greater understanding of their patient demographics, staff productivity, fee schedules, payor mix, transaction costs and other factors that impact the cost, delivery and sustainability of dental services. The consultants work with clinic managers and providers to develop a work plan, and then provide ongoing support for implementation efforts. 

Safety Net Solutions has worked with more than 200 safety net dental programs in 24 states, including in Kansas and Missouri. In 2012, the REACH Foundation supported technical assistance for the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County and Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, both federally qualified health centers, and Cass County Dental Clinic, a stand-alone dental clinic in Belton, Mo.