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ADA Policy on Opioids
ADA Policy on Opioids

The American Dental Association's (ADA's) Policy on Opioid Prescribing has been designed to combat the opioid epidemic. This important policy supports mandatory continuing education for dentists about prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. It also supports limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than ...

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ADA Policy on Opioids

The American Dental Association's (ADA's) Policy on Opioid Prescribing has been designed to combat the opioid epidemic. This important policy supports mandatory continuing education for dentists about prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. It also supports limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than seven days for the treatment of acute pain, and the utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs.

According to the ADA, this policy was adopted to guide the organization's advocacy efforts centered on the role of dental professionals in preventing opioid abuse. Click here to see the ADA's collected policies and recommendations on substance use disorders, including the new Interim Board Policy on Opioid Prescribing. For more information about prescription opioid abuse, visit the ADA's website about the opioid crisis.

The Main Dental Home
The Main Dental Home

Texas defines a Main Dental Home (MDH) as the dental provider that supports an ongoing relationship with the client that includes all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. A member can see his or her MDH Provider, or main dentist, at any location in which the provider is credentialed with MCNA.

A member can also see any ...

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The Main Dental Home

Texas defines a Main Dental Home (MDH) as the dental provider that supports an ongoing relationship with the client that includes all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. A member can see his or her MDH Provider, or main dentist, at any location in which the provider is credentialed with MCNA.

A member can also see any MCNA-credentialed provider in the same "brick and mortar" facility in which his or her main dentist practices without changing the main dentist assignment. This only applies, however, to the facility where the member is assigned. For example, a provider is credentialed with MCNA at three facilities. A member is assigned to that provider as his or her Main Dentist at Facility 1. The member can see any MCNA-credentialed provider at Facility 1, but not at Facility 2 or 3. The member can only see his or her Main Dentist at Facilities 2 and 3 unless they obtain a referral from the main dentist or choose to change to a different main dentist.

In order to support continuity of care, a member is assigned to follow his or her Main Dentist if that provider terminates from one location to move to another. The member will retain assignment with that provider as his or her Main Dentist as long as the provider is still participating in MCNA's network. The provider must also be at a location within the member's time and distance requirements. If a member's Main Dentist chooses to no longer participate in MCNA's network or moves to a location outside of the appropriate time and distance requirements, the member is automatically assigned to a new Main Dentist. The member can also elect at any time to choose a new Main Dentist.