Use of Emergency Departments and Inpatient Care for Conditions Related to Poor Oral Health Care
The principal data sources will be the State Emergency Department Databases and State Inpatient Databases available as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. We will select a range of study states representing multiple regions of the country and differing levels of rurality. These databases will be supplemented by data on HPSA dental shortage designations, Medicaid dental coverage, and area characteristics. Key products will include a Final Report and a Brief.
Use of Emergency Departments for Conditions Related to Poor Oral Health Care
NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
Persistent and worsening shortages of oral healthcare providers in rural areas, combined with limited acceptance of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, have left many patients without adequate access to dental care.