Medical providers are becoming increasingly aware of the role they can play in promoting oral health and referring their patients to a dental home, and Michigan’s Dental Registry (MiDRSM) can help.
Altarum Institute launched MiDR in 2016 as a statewide children’s oral health monitoring system aimed at transforming the way medical and dental providers communicate regarding their patients’ oral health.
Within MiDR, doctors can document preventive oral health services provided, insert notes for the dentist to review, and place referrals directly to dentists who accept patients with Healthy Kids Dental coverage. Referrals are transmitted via fax to the dental office, and the dental office can then look up the patient record directly and update it as needed.
Additionally, this new tool can help providers engage in federal incentive programs. MiDR is classified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Meaningful Use Specialized Registry.
More than 1,500 physicians and dentists use MiDR. Data collected by the tool is submitted to the state of Michigan, creating a valid, reportable data system for monitoring access to pediatric oral health services and overall dental caries rates.
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