It’s been very gratifying to see improvement in the oral health of my ABCD clients when they come back for recalls. The families really do want to help their children do better.
Eric Moldver, DDS, Whatcom County ABCD provider
ABCD recruits and trains dentists to provide quality preventive care and treatment to Medicaid-enrolled children from birth to six. Participating dentists receive enhanced fees through Medicaid for providing certain preventive and restorative procedures. And many are able to build their practices while helping their communities by serving those most in need.
To become an ABCD provider, a dentist must become a Medicaid provider and attend the ABCD certification training conducted by a dental champion under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Pediatric Dentistry. ABCD trainings are held several times per year throughout the state. In some areas, trainings are offered in local dental offices. After training, the local ABCD program, University of Washington and Health Care Authority work together to issue ABCD certification so trained providers can receive ABCD enhanced fees.
Front office staff, dental assistants and hygienists are encouraged to attend ABCD training so they can take an active role in ABCD and working with young children. A concurrent session on ABCD/Medicaid billing procedures and protocols is provided to front office staff during the ABCD training.