Registration is open for the 2019 Dental Quality Alliance Conference for dentists looking to strengthen their understanding of quality measurement within dentistry by educating themselves about opportunities for system-wide improvement. The conference, Pathway to Improvement, will offer 10 hours of continuing education credit. It is scheduled for May 17 and 18 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago.
Michelle Schreiber, MD, director of the quality measurement and value-based incentives group for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will provide the first keynote. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute, will give the second keynote. Jim Crall, DDS, MS, ScD, of the University of California Los Angeles Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry will moderate a panel on systems improvement.
“Quality improvement should be taken seriously by all dentists, and this conference will identify ways in how we, including patients, can all benefit from measures to assess quality that can be implemented in the clinical environment,” said Marie Schweinebraten, DMD, chair of the Dental Quality Alliance education committee.
The ADA established the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) to develop performance measures for oral healthcare. The DQA is an organization of major stakeholders in oral healthcare delivery who collaborate to develop oral healthcare measures. Its mission is to advance performance measurement as a means to improve oral health, patient care, and safety through a consensus-building process.