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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 414         FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2079

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John W. Scibak

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to management of early childhood caries.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 414        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2079

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2079) of John W. Scibak and others relative to the management of early childhood oral health caries.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to management of early childhood caries.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 1.  The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS or Executive Office) shall design a pilot program for the enhanced management of early childhood caries among MassHealth patients.   EOHHS shall consult with the researchers involved in the ECC Management Demonstration Project at Boston Children’s Hospital, Holyoke Health Center and other sites, where feasible, on the criteria by which providers should identify high risk of early childhood caries in patients under the age of 5.   EOHHS shall also consult those researchers on the types and amount of treatment that should be billable to the MassHealth program for effective management of the disease in those patients.  These shall include, but not be limited to: more frequent preventive visits and fluoride treatments, as well as family education and training in self-management, as established by the researchers in the ECC Management Demonstration Program in their early childhood caries disease management protocol. 

              The Executive Office shall release a request for proposals with these design criteria no later than February 1, 2014 and select provider participants no later than April 1, 2014, for a start date no later than July 1, 2014.  EOHHS shall widely publicize the request for proposals in the provider community, including but not limited to its mention in a bulletin to all childhood dental and pediatric primary care providers.  Eligible entities shall include primary care providers co-located in the same facility with oral health providers who see the same patients. To the extent feasible, EOHHS shall select providers in both rural and urban areas in a wide geographic distribution across the Commonwealth.

              The selected providers must agree to submit their results relative to costs, the incidence of cavities before and after use of the new protocol, the experience of pain before and after and the number of referrals for operating room procedures.  The Executive Office shall release a report of those results to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means by February 1, 2017.

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