Sponsored by TeleTracking | info@teletracking.com | 1.800.927.0294

Adult Medicaid Patients Turn to ERs for Dental Care

Share on Facebook
A lack of coverage for dental care has led many adult Medicaid patients with dental needs to go to emergency rooms, according to a USA Today report.

Federally mandated preventive and other dental care typically ends when Medicaid patients enter early adulthood, according to the report. Medicaid pays for adults' ER visits for dental emergencies, but coverage of outpatient dentist office treatment varies by state.

Many adult Medicaid enrollees have thus turned to the ER for dental care. However, ER physicians are not trained to pull teeth or treat other dental problems. In addition, ER visits typically cost Medicaid more than a dentist office visit, according to the report.

Related Articles on Emergency Rooms:

Emergency Department Visits Increase as Physician Office Visits Decrease
ER Visits in Iowa Hospitals Increase Due to Wintry Weather

SSM Health Care in St. Louis Offers "Place-in-Line" ER Service

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

 

New from Becker's Hospital Review

Scheduling, Timing of Staffing Overlap Reduces Patient Wait Times

Read Now