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2016 Salon on Improving Health for Seniors

On September 29-30, 2016, Santa Fe Group convened a Salon titled Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors. Attendees reviewed evidence about the need for dental coverage for seniors and discussed what the Medicare benefits package could look like. The rationale, costs, and benefits of improved oral healthcare access for seniors makes a compelling case for expanding Medicare to include dental benefits.

2016 SFG Salon Agenda & Links to Presentations:

Welcome, Goals and Dedication – Michael Alfano, President, Santa Fe Group

Greetings – Carol Summerhays, President, American Dental Association

Perspective – Lynn Mouden, Chief Dental Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Keynote Address – Terry Fulmer, President, John A. Hartford Foundation

Senior Oral Healthcare: The Need – Moderators: Claude Earl Fox and Dushanka Kleinman

  • Inequities in Oral Health for America’s Seniors – Judith Jones Access to Oral Care and the Impact of Retirement – Richard Manski
  • Chairside Collision: Oral and Systemic Health, Impact at the Patient Level – Elisa M. Chávez

Senior Oral Healthcare: The Value Proposition – Moderators: Stephen N. Abel and Raul Garcia

  • Oral Conditions and Systemic Health – Ira Lamster
  • Oral Health and Quality of Life – Jed Jacobsen
  • Oral Health and Medical Care Costs and Utilization – Marko Vujicic

Senior Oral Healthcare: The Benefit – Moderators: Nicholas G. Mosca, and Steven W. Kess

  • Political History of Medicare: Lessons for Benefits Development – Jonathan Oberlander
  • Report of the SFG/OHA Benefits Analysis Committee – Judith Jones
  • How Can We Optimize the Benefit Options? – Jeff Chaffin

Senior Oral Healthcare: The Consumer – Moderators: Beth Truett and Fotinos S. Panagakos

  • What Are Consumer Attitudes and Behaviors on Oral Heathcare? – Peter Mitchell

Group Discussions and Deliberations – Moderators: Claude Earl Fox and Raul Garcia

Perspectives From National Leaders:

National oral health leaders and advocates speak about the current and future policy, practice and funding opportunities to expand Medicare benefits to include oral health care for America’s seniors.

Teresa A. Dolan, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Dentsply/Sirona

R. Bruce Donoff, Dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Mary Foley, Executive Director, Medicaid Medicare CHIP Dental Services Association

Christopher Fox, Executive Director, American Association for Dental Research

Joan Gluch, Associate Dean for Academic Policies, Penn School of Dental Medicine

Linda Niessen, Dean, Nova Southeastern School of Dentistry

Fotinos Panagakos, Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs, Geistlich Pharma North America

Gary Price, Executive Director, Dental Trade Alliance

Harold Slavkin, Santa Fe Group Member

Beth Truett, Executive Director, Oral Health America

Richard Valachovic, Executive Director, American Dental Education Association

Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association

Reactions From Salon Attendees:

Ann Battrell, Chief Executive Officer, American Dental Hygienists’ Association

Eric Berger, Principal, Liberty Partners Group

Marcia Brand, Executive Director, National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health

Mary Lee Conicella, Chief Dental Officer, Aetna

Christopher Fox, Executive Director, American Association of Dental Research

Paul Glassman, Director Advanced General Dentistry Program at University of the Pacific

Judith Haber, Ursela Springer Leadership Professor, NYU College of Nursing

Michael Helgenson, CEO Apple Tree Dental

Kenneth S. Kornman, Co-Founder, President, CSO & Secretary, Interleukin Genetics, Inc. 

Ira Lamster, Dean Emeritus, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

David A. Lipschutz, Managing Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy 

Mark Nehring, Chair, Department of Public Health and Community Service at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Linda Niessen, Dean and Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

Gary Price, Executive Director, Dental Trade Alliance

Stacy Sanders, Policy Director, Medicare Rights Center

Beth Truett, Executive Director, Oral Health America

Patrick Willard, Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships for Families USA

Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association