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256B.55 Dental access advisory committee.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner shall establish a dental access advisory committee to monitor the purchasing, administration, and coverage of dental care services for the public health care programs to ensure dental care access and quality for public program recipients.

Subd. 2. Membership. (a) The membership of the advisory committee shall include, but is not limited to, representatives of dentists, including a dentist practicing in the seven-county metropolitan area and a dentist practicing outside the seven-county metropolitan area; oral surgeons; pediatric dentists; dental hygienists; community clinics; client advocacy groups; public health; health service plans; the University of Minnesota school of dentistry and the department of pediatrics; and the commissioner of health.

(b) The advisory committee is governed by section 15.059 for membership terms and removal of members. Members shall not receive per diem compensation or reimbursement for expenses.

Subd. 3. Duties. The advisory committee shall provide recommendations on the following:

(1) how to reduce the administrative burden governing dental care coverage policies in order to promote administrative simplification, including prior authorization, coverage limits, and co-payment collections;

(2) developing and implementing an action plan to improve the oral health of children and persons with special needs in the state;

(3) exploring alternative ways of purchasing and improving access to dental services;

(4) developing ways to foster greater responsibility among health care program recipients in seeking and obtaining dental care, including initiatives to keep dental appointments and comply with dental care plans;

(5) exploring innovative ways for dental providers to schedule public program patients in order to reduce or minimize the effect of appointment no shows;

(6) exploring ways to meet the barriers that may be present in providing dental services to health care program recipients such as language, culture, disability, and lack of transportation; and

(7) exploring the possibility of pediatricians, family physicians, and nurse practitioners providing basic oral health screenings and basic preventive dental services.

Subd. 4. Report. The commissioner shall submit a report by February 1, 2002, and by February 1, 2003, summarizing the activities and recommendations of the advisory committee.

Subd. 5. Sunset. Notwithstanding section 15.059, subdivision 5, this section expires June 30, 2003.

HIST: 1Sp2001 c 9 art 2 s 48; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113

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