Mary E. Foley 
Medicaid SCHIP Dental Association 
508 322 0557



Black-Tie (Optional)

Embassy of Austria, Washington

3524 International Court NW

Washington DC, 20008-3027

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

6:00 - 10:00 pm

  • Music, dance and a special Austrian Exhibit-
  • Food and drink will be plentiful !


Bus will circulate from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel to the Austrian Embassy beginning at 5:45 pm. Sunday Evening.

Bus Schedule

5:45-6:45 pm

  • Depart Marriott Hotel
  • 24th Street Entrance 

9:30-10:00 pm

  •  Return to Marriott Hotel

This event has been made available through the generous support of DentaQuest and is  FREE to all 2011 Symposium attendees. 


Marriott Exterior 1

Symposium Location: 

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008-4106


Reserve a room.

Driving Directions 

Registration Fees

                                   After 4/15           5/15

Member:       $240         $265             $275



Member:       $290         $315             $325


Transfer Policy

Registered participants who are unable to attend the symposium may transfer registration to another person. All transfer requests must be submitted in writing by June 1, 2011.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be received in writing by June 1, 2011.  No refunds will be available after this date.  We will not accept cancellation requests by phone.  A $150 cancellation fee will be assessed for both pre-paid registrations and those invoiced on a purchase order.  All refunds will be available after the conference.  Refunds will not be granted for no-shows.         

Symposium cancellation requests must be made in writing to:

Note: Hotel cancellation requests must be made directly with the hotel.


Conference Attire

Symposium Sessions: Business dress 

Gala: Black Tie Optional  


2011 National Medicaid and CHIP Oral Health Symposium: New Directions for Medicaid and CHIP Dental Programs 

2011 MSDA Symposium Agenda                                           

Monday, June 27th        

 Harding Room

7:30    MSDA Business Meeting and Members-Only Breakfast       

                  Presentation: Best Practices in Medicaid and CHIP Oral Health Programs                  

                  Mark Casey, DDS, MPH and Lynn Mouden, DDS, MPH

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom NE Foyer

8:00        Registration/Materials Pick-up    

                   Continental Breakfast for Non-Member Registrants/Exhibits

 Thurgood Marshall Ballroom NE

9:30        Welcome:  Robert L. Birdwell, DDS, MSDA President 

 9:35         Keynote Address:  Victoria Wachino (CMC/CMCS)

                   New Directions for Medicaid and  CHIP Dental Programs

 This opening keynote address will set the stage for the two day Symposium.  State Medicaid and CHIP programs are continuously faced with the challenge of meeting federal, legislative mandates to provide or arrange for the provision of EPSDT services; including any medically necessary healthcare service to beneficiaries, while at the same time adhering to requirements for balanced state budgets.  Participants will gain insight from a national expert on the factors that influence these challenges and the anticipated changes Medicaid and CHIP programs will endure as Healthcare Reform takes shape.  CEUs: 0.5

 10:00       Opening Plenary: The Historical Compass Points the Way                                       Christine  Farrell, RDH, MPA (Michigan Department of Health); Michael Graham (ADA)

 This session will provide basic knowledge regarding key federal legislation which brought about the Medicaid and CHIP programs. The history of these programs, significant changes and current legislation as they relate to state program infrastructure and policy will be discussed.  Current service and payer models affecting private providers, as well as the safety-net, public health, medical, dental and dental hygiene schools and programs will be presented.  Emerging issues and legislation affecting policy, programs and oral healthcare services will be discussed.  A “snap shot” perspective regarding the various federal legislative proposals being considered by Congress regarding the Medicaid and CHIP programs and how they might impact state programs and policy will be discussed. Perspectives on Healthcare Reform and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will be highlighted. CEUs: 2.0

12:00       Lunch/Exhibits

 1:30         Session 2:  Surveying the Landscape: Mountains and Valleys 

Patrick W. Finnerty, MPA and  Andrea Maresca (NAMD)

 This session will focus on the current challenges and difficu lt decisions state programs face as result of state budget shortfalls. Proposed policy changes as a result of Healthcare Reform and their impact will also be highlighted.   Questions for consideration during Session 6 Tuesday morning breakout will be proposed. CEUs: 1.0

 2:30         Session 3:  New Horizons

Kathryn Dolan, RDH, MEd; Greg Folse, DDS; and Cathy Coppes

 This session will spotlight federal and state Medicaid policies and programs related to the delivery of oral healthcare services in school-based settings. Specific Medicaid issues related to mobile, portable and teledentistry will be discussed. Strategies for meeting the 2010 CMS oral health goals will be highlighted.  CEUs: 1.0

 3:30         Session 4:  Bumps in the Road

 James Thommes, DDS; David Kilber DMD; and Martha Dellapenna, RDH, MEd

Program integrity has become a top level priority for state Medicaid programs.  This session will bring together an expert panel in areas of dental program oversight.  Monitoring provider behavior, the necessity of adequate information systems in detecting fraudulent activities and the overall importance of proper provider payment and accountability for Medicaid dental services will be discussed. CEUs: 1.0

 4:30         Adjourn

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom NE Foyer

4:30           Light Reception and Cash Bar

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 

 Thurgood Marshall Ballroom NE Foyer

7:30    Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

 Thurgood Marshall Ballroom NE

8:00    Session 5:  Tuning up the Engine    

William Bailey, DDS, MPH;  Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, USPHS     

No one group can do it all. Federal agencies and state programs are forging new partnerships to help reduce the burden of dental disease and increase access to care. This session will highlight
programs and initiatives currently underway at the federal and state levels.   CEUs: .50

 8:30    Session 6:  Asking for Directions- Stakeholder Breakout

Mary E. Foley, RDH, MPH

 During this session, attendees will separate into groups by “discipline”.  A group facilitator will guide participants in a discussion regarding key Medicaid issues, policies and or program models that directly affect each discipline/group.  The groups will be charged with identifying program and/or policy gaps and recommendations for improvements as they relate to their discipline. CEUs:  1.50  

Group A:   Educators    Timothy Martinez, DMD, MPH                   

Group B:   Providers      Steve Geiermann, DDS, MPH

Group C:   Policy Makers     Linda Altenhoff, DDS, MPH         

Group D:   State Administrators  Margaret Snow, DMD, MPH

Group E:   Third-Party Administrators /Payers Robyn Olson, PhD

 10:00  Break/Exhibits

 10:30  Session 7:  Building New Freeways      

Mark Siegal, DDS, MPH                   

During this session, participants will re-convene and group facilitators will report stakeholder discussions to the full assembly. Additional questions and comments will then be solicited from
the audience.  CEUs: 1.50

 12:00 Lunch/Exhibits

 1:00    Session 8:  Navigating with GPS 

Marsha Lillie-Blanton and Goldy Austen (CMS/CMCS)

States use Medicaid and CHIP dental claim data to assess access and program administration. This session will begin with a brief overview of those data systems currently in place, followed by a
federal perspective of their utility and any potential changes. This session will focus on the changes in the system and how those changes will impact Medicaid and CHIP programs and their
constituencies. CEUs: 1.0

 2:00   Closing Session:  Turning the Key

Kathleen O'Loughlin, DMD, MPH, MBA  (ADA)

Changes and improvements in the system will depend upon the extent to which Medicaid and CHIP dental programs effectively collaborate, cooperate and communicate with their respective
constituencies. This session will wrap up the Symposium by creating a concrete list of actionable items for Medicaid and CHIP dental programs and their partners to consider. CEUs: 1.0

 3:00   Adjourn

2011 Symposium Objectives

  • To Increase awareness, knowledge and competency regarding issues pertaining to Medicaid and CHIP dental programs and policies among those groups who make up and interact with the Medicaid and CHIP oral healthcare delivery systems.
  • To improve collaboration, cooperation and communication among those groups who make up and interact with the oral healthcare delivery system.

Who should attend?

This event is open to all healthcare administrators and professionals who engage or are interested in oral health policies, programs and/or services that affect Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries:

Administrators: State Medicaid and CHIP directors, medical and dental directors, program managers and personnel, Title V, Oral Health, foundations, policy makers, and others who directly manage and/or have an interest in working with Medicaid and CHIP dental programs. 

Educators: Dental and medical educators and researchers interested in developing and piloting Medicaid and CHIP oral health policies, programs and services supported by evidence based practice.

Providers: Dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others who are interested in advancing the oral healthcare delivery system.

Policy Makers:  Federal, national, regional and state leaders who oversee and or make decisions pertaining to the oral healthcare delivery system for Medicaid/CHIP dental program(s) and their beneficiaries.

Third-Party Administrators/Payers:  State contractors or subcontractors who administer and/or pay dental care expenditures of Medicaid and CHIP recipients.