Access to oral health expertise, especially for rural and underserved populations, is a growing problem both nationally and in the state of Nebraska. With federal grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the UNMC College of Dentistry (COD) has placed teledentistry equipment in key locations throughout Nebraska. The teledentistry sites include: Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Loup Basin Public Health Department in Burwell, Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) in Chadron and Gering, Good Neighbor Community Health Center in Columbus, People's Health Center in Lincoln, Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center in Macy, Norfolk Community Health Care Clinic in Norfolk, West Central District Health Department in North Platte, and the UNMC Pediatric Dental Clinic Children's Hospital in Omaha.
Teledentistry brings technology to healthcare professionals and provides a dimension of public health not previously available in Nebraska. Working in partnership with the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network, the COD initiated a project to educate students and practitioners about the advantages of using technology for teledentistry consultations and to develop an interprofessional workforce to better serve the oral health needs of rural Nebraskans. The COD provides teledentistry training to guide users through the procedures for requesting and conducting a teledentistry consultation.
For Medicaid eligible patients, teledentistry services are covered by the Nebraska Medicaid program. The UNMC COD was the first teledentistry provider approved by the State of Nebraska and is eligible to bill Medicaid for teledentistry services as well as transmission line time.
For more information regarding teledentistry consultations or to schedule a consultation, please contact Ms. Ashley Merritt at 402-472-1116 or email