Update: Benefit Addition for Silver Diamine Fluoride
Beginning January 1, 2017, Delta Dental of Wisconsin will be adding coverage to all group policies for silver diamine fluoride (CDT code D1354 Interim Caries Arresting Medicament Application). Silver diamine fluoride is an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on cavities to slow or stop the tooth decay process, painlessly.
The benefit for CDT D1354 will follow the group policies’ preventive coverage percentage and will cover two applications per year. The additional benefits will be applied to all group contracts at the beginning of 2017 regardless of contract renewal date at no additional cost.
Nearly a quarter of two- to five-year-olds have cavities. A small subset with severe cavities must be treated in a hospital under general anesthesia. Silver diamine fluoride helps children and their parents by providing another option for managing tooth decay and possibly avoiding sedation. The treatment may also benefit the frail and elderly, especially those needing transport for dental care.
Delta Dental of Wisconsin is currently involved in two studies further researching the use of silver diamine fluoride. The first study with the University of Michigan is addressing the affordability, ease of use, and both patient/parent and provider acceptance, in addition to clinical success rates when compared to conventional restorations. The second study with the University of Iowa is investigating conventional caries management of Amish children ages two to seven, compared to silver nitrate management of caries. Stay tuned for study conclusions at a later date.
For questions about silver diamine fluoride benefits, contact Kim Christophersen at Kim.Christophersen@deltadentalwi.com or 715-343-7669.
Delta Dental of Wisconsin has two new additions to the Actuarial and Underwriting team.
Kevin Kropp joined Delta Dental as manager, actuarial services, in July 2016. Previously, Kevin was employed with Humana as a senior actuarial analyst. He brings experience with healthcare reform impact analysis and, most recently, dental and vision market management. Kevin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science and Accounting from UW Eau Claire.
Dawn Wieske joined Delta Dental as a business intelligence analyst in May 2016. Dawn brings seven years of experience as a business consultant-actuarial from Humana, where she focused on large groups (100+) in the dental and vision segments of the company. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Carroll University.
Kevin is looking forward to using and leveraging analytics to help our customers make informed decisions while working at Wisconsin’s No. 1 dental plan. In addition to Delta Dental’s market leadership, Dawn added that community involvement and the company’s commitment to oral health appealed to her as well as being able to provide data that drives business decisions. To introduce yourself, contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn at email@example.com.
Delta Dental of Wisconsin is excited to announce benefit enhancements to our DeltaVision plans.
Effective January 1, 2017, retinal imaging and a diabetic eye care benefit will be added to all fully insured DeltaVision plans that include exam coverage, with no impact to rates. These benefits align with DDWI’s commitment to employee wellness and overall health.
Retinal imaging is an alternative to dilation during an exam. It provides a high-resolution image inside the eye and can help with early detection of serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, high blood pressure, and cancer, and will be available to members at the same frequency as exams. This covered benefit will have a member responsibility of no more than $39. According to EyeMed, members are more likely to choose retinal imaging over dilation.
Additional eye care benefits will also be available for members with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The enhancement allows for an additional exam and diagnostic testing to monitor signs of any diabetic ocular changes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults; early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can protect against vision loss.
DDWI will be communicating these additions to our current customers in the coming weeks.
These enhancements can also be added to ASO accounts. If you have questions about the additions, or want to learn more, please contact Betsy Vinopal at Betsy.Vinopal@deltadentalwi.com, or call 715-343-7648.
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