UPDATE: We now have a copy of the letter from Delta Dental to Texas dentists regarding joining their “Texas Medicaid network.” (see below)
TDMR received an interesting email after our recent story on dental managed care and the possibility of a new request for proposals for dental maintenance organizations (DMOs) for Texas Medicaid coming up in the near future.
Delta Dental announces “Texas Medicaid dentist network”
The email came from a Medicaid dentist who informed us that she had already received an invitation letter in September from Delta Dental to join their new “Texas Medicaid dentist network.”
One of original three approved by the state
Delta Dental, of course, is one of the original three DMOs that started with dental Medicaid managed care in March of 2012. However, they exited the program and stopped providing services on December 1 the same year. It still says so on their website.
Looking for dentists to apply right now
However, per our friendly dentist, the letter referred her to a web page (deltadentalins.com/group_sites/gov/providers.html) so she could start the credentialing process by downloading their “Application Package.” There is no mention on the page about Texas or the start of a Texas Medicaid dentists network.
But she also mentioned that a schedule of fees that are higher than the current Texas Medicaid fees was included with the letter – a good reason to apply.
Imminent RFP being taken seriously
So it does appear that the rumor of a new Texas RFP is being taken very seriously by DMOs such as Delta Dental.Delta Dental letter