Value-Based Care

At DentaQuest, we talk with people every day who are both in need of dental care and concerned about the cost of their care. We process claims for a long list of important services provided to children and adults experiencing tooth decay.

While necessary, these covered services are delivered in response to an already present dental disease. Fillings and extractions address the impact of disease but do not address or eliminate its cause; restorative care is more costly and preventive care is more valuable.
In a value-based system, quality and outcomes improve while costs remain the same or fall because the healthier a person is, the less they require expensive services.

A key driver in the success of a value-based system is aligning new payment models that reward care and outcomes and not the volume of services. The industry is increasingly moving in that direction.
Value-based care pie chart showing cost, quality and results

What Is Value-Based Care?
The value-based care (VBC) care delivery model rewards providers for quality health outcomes rather than the quantity of care delivered. In this approach, providers focus on improving the health of a population of patients by offering care that is focused on prevention, best evidence and personalization. This shift allows care teams to maximize “chair time” and productivity, and the industry to better integrate with the overall health care system. Payors are starting to move away from the outdated fee-for-service model and toward alternative value-based payment models, such as capitation or global payment, bonus and incentive payments and shared savings models with or without shared risk.

Today, more than 40 states are working to adopt value-based payment initiatives. In a recent DentaQuest report, most dentists (73%), physicians (82%) and employers (87%) agreed that dental insurance should prioritize healthy outcomes over volume of care. More than half of employers surveyed said they were interested in implementing a VBC benefit design for dental coverage.

While achieving true VBC in oral health care will not happen overnight, DentaQuest is uniquely positioned to help to drive this change by:

  • Redesigning payment models to reward providers for keeping patients healthy
  • Enabling providers and their dental teams to develop individualized, interactive care plans that allow the patient and their families to play a more active, engaged role in improving their own oral health
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Steve Pollock discusses value over volume in health care

Steve Pollock on The Case for Value Over Volume
DentaQuest CEO Steve Pollock describes why paying for value over volume in oral health care is necessary for a healthier future.
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Value-Based Care Readiness Assessment
To help gauge an organization’s readiness for the transition to value-based care, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health created a readiness assessment that will measure your organization across five domains: (DentaQuest is affiliated with CareQuest Institute, an industry advancing nonprofit.)
  • Leadership
  • Structure, Systems, Operations
  • Care Pathways and Provider Buy-in
  • Data and Analytic Technology and Personnel
  • Financial Viability and Strength
​Take the free Readiness Assessment Now

Upon completion of the readiness assessment, you will receive a customized competency development guide. The guide is full of resources and additional information to help you and your organization make the shift to value-based care.​