"The Future of Dental Benefits"

David J. DePorter, DDS

CE Credit hours:1

Until recently, little has changed in the design of dental benefits plans since the mid-1960s. Like the practice of dentistry, dental benefits plans have been procedure-based and fee-driven. However, as the link between dental health and overall health strengthens the shift to whole-person health care, perhaps it is time to change the current paradigm of dental care and dental benefits toward an approach that focuses on diagnosis, patient outcomes and individualized risk-based dental care and benefits.

 Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why dental insurance has been so slow to evolve from its original model.
  • Understand the magnitude of health care cost savings attributed to proper dental care for people with chronic medical illnesses.
  • Understand the necessary steps to create a paradigm shift in the delivery and financing dental of dental care.

DAVID J. DEPORTER, DDS is Pacific Resources’ consulting dental director and dental benefits expert.  He has over 25 years of experience in the dental benefits industry. 

David’s recent experiences include building and directing advanced education in general dentistry residency programs at the Florida Institute for Advanced Dental Education and Mattia College focused on the latest knowledge and industry best practices in dental care.

David is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and earned a masters degree in health professions education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a masters degree in public health with a major in health services administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.  In addition, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Dental Services Research Scholar at UCLA, a member of the Woods Hole Group (a Kellogg Foundation-sponsored think tank that studied and made recommendations concerning the future of dentistry) and a past board member on the National Association of Dental Plans Foundation.