As an affiliate of American Dental Partners, ForwardDental shares our mission of elevating the practice, delivery, and profession of dentistry in the communities they serve.
Their recent recognition as the 2018-2019 recipient of the Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award for primary care is a testament to that commitment.
The prestigious Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award recognizes AAAHC-accredited organizations that have successfully implemented meaningful QI studies, resulting in changes to their operations and demonstrating their commitment to 1095 Strong – quality every day.
ForwardDental submitted the implementation and results of their Caries Risk Database and Assessment program for consideration. The project included training for team members on Caries Risk, integrations with their practice software to support assessment completion, and ongoing communication on the progress of the database through dashboards, email communication, and team meetings.
Over the course of their program, they evaluated a diverse mix of patients age 0-17 in an effort to identify lifestyle trends, habits, and risk factors. Rolling out the new program and creating a formal process in the practice resulted in a 30% increase in Caries Risk Assessments in locations studied.By December 2018, 98% of children age 0-17 at all ForwardDental practice sites were caries risk assessed (CRA) at the comprehensive examination and 86% were entered in the registry.
The goal of a caries risk program like the one that is in place at ForwardDental is twofold. First, it supports their mission of treating the whole patient and delivering a comprehensive approach to their oral healthcare. Secondly, identifying and tracking risk factors at an early age and incorporating that data into their treatment plan helps eliminate disease and minimize the need for more extensive dental services in adulthood.
Dental Hygienists at ForwardDental play an active role in their patient’s health. They strive for clinical excellence, and are committed to delivering a high quality patient experience. Thank you to all the Hygienists, Doctors, and Practice Leaders who made this program successful, and helped forward to achieve such a prestigious recognition from the AAAHC!
AAAHC Award Information