Back in March, Rep. Mike Simpson, D.M.D., R-Idaho, introduced federal legislation to reduce administrative barriers for Medicaid dentists.
According to an ADA release, “H.R. 1422, the Strengthening Medicaid Incentives for Licensees Enrolled in Dental Act [SMILED Act], would reduce administrative barriers by simplifying the credentialing process so that dentists do not have long wait times to become Medicaid providers. This bill would encourage states to use an integrated system such as CAQH to minimize paperwork and complete the credentialing process within 90 days.”
Boondoggle in Texas
This is certainly a step in the right direction as TDMR has reported several times on the boondoggle that is credentialing in Texas.
Strong support from dental organizations
The legislation is supported by fourteen dental organizations led by the ADA.
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Periodontology
- American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
- American Association of Endodontists
- American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American College of Prosthodontists
- American Dental Education Association
- American Student Dental Association
- Association of Dental Support Organizations
- Hispanic Dental Association
- National Dental Association
We look forward to seeing the progress of this legislation and its passing.