An Assessment of Differences in Pediatric Dental Services Provided for a Medicaid Population when Compared to a Federally Subsidized (military) Clinic

An Assessment of Differences in Pediatric Dental Services Provided for a Medicaid Population when Compared to a Federally Subsidized (military) Clinic

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Reimbursement for dental services performed for children receiving Medicaid is reimbursed per service while dental treatment for military dependents provided at a military installation is neither directly reimbursable to those providing the care nor billed to those receiving the care. The purpose of this study was to compare pediatric dental services provided for a Medicaid population to a federally subsidized military facility to compare treatment choices and subsequent costs of care. It was hypothesized that differences in dental procedures for Medicaid and military dependent children would exist based upon treatment philosophy and payment method. A total of 240 records were reviewed for this study, consisting of 120 Medicaid patients at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and 120 military dependents at Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC), Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Demographic data and treatment information were abstracted for children receiving dental treatment under general anesthesia between 2002 and 2006. Data was analyzed using the Wilcoxon rank sum test, Kruskal-Wallis test, and Fisher's exact test. The Medicaid recipients treated at UTHSCSA were younger than patients at WHMC (40.2 vs. 49.8 months, pInstitutional Review Board approval was obtained from UTHSCSA, WHMC, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at ... JWalk data output was limited to American Dental Association (ADA) procedure codes for all treatment.


Title:An Assessment of Differences in Pediatric Dental Services Provided for a Medicaid Population when Compared to a Federally Subsidized (military) Clinic
Author: Mary Beth Johnson
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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