The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of increased Medicaid dental fees on children's utilization of dental services and access to dental care in South Carolina. The study will also include an analysis of the supply of dentists that accept Medicaid and the geographic distribution before and after the fee increase. In addition, it will assess changes in the utilization patterns of preventive and restorative care, and will examine the feasibility of developing performance measures that could be tracked using Medicaid data. The study will involve analysis of Medicaid and other extant databases, and secondary analysis of a survey by the South Carolina Dental Association.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:01/31/2002
AGENCY SPONSOR: HIV/AIDS Bureau
FEDERAL CONTACT: Raul A. Romaguera, 404-562-4180
PIC ID: 7196
PERFORMER: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC