Author Robin Hobb wrote “One must plan for the future and anticipate the future without fearing the future.” At the recent 2014 Converge Session of the National Association of Dental Plans a few trends emerged that help us to plan for the shifting dental benefit landscape. Dental industry watchers have always taken note of changes in medical plan design and now must include observations on the impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans.
EHR as well as the Affordable Care Act is moving our healthcare system toward more structured data. A standard EHR and interoperable national health information infrastructure requires the use of uniform health information standards, including a common language. Data must be collected and maintained in a standardized format, using uniform definitions, in order to link data within an EHR system or share health information among systems.