Amerigroup Partners with DentaQuest to Launch Dental Home Services for Georgia Members

Dental Homes Integrate Dental, Medical and Behavioral Health Services
to Facilitate More Holistic Care and Improve Health Outcomes

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AmergroupGeorgia–Amerigroup Community Care, a Georgia statewide provider of Medicaid
managed care services, has partnered with DentaQuest to launch Dental
Home services to its members. The Patient-Centered Dental Home model
connects each member to a personal dentist who leads a team of clinical
care providers and staff who are committed to delivering comprehensive,
coordinated dental care. Amerigroup is the first Georgia Medicaid
managed care provider to offer its members Dental Home services.

“Amerigroup has seen increasing evidence that links oral health to total
physical and mental health, and responded to the need to integrate our
members’ overall medical care with high-quality, evidence-based dental
programs,” said Dr. William Alexander, medical director for Amerigroup
Georgia. “We are pleased to be the first Medicaid managed care provider
in Georgia to offer our members this high-quality health care
alternative that holds promise for increasing the delivery of
appropriate and routine oral health care, reducing preventable dental
disease and improving overall health outcomes.”

“Dental home programs like this one are a critical component of
person-centered oral health,” said Brett Bostrack, senior vice
president, DentaQuest. “The dental team can serve as an early detection
system for chronic disease and social determinants that impact overall
health. We are excited to be partnering with Amerigroup to meet the
needs of those we serve in Georgia.”

The Dental Home model of care is particularly advantageous for people
who access dental care from a trusted dentist, but may have not been
seen by a physical health provider. The Dental Home dentist serves as
the patient’s primary care provider to identify various needs and is
able to refer patients to medical and behavioral health providers, the
same way a primary care physician coordinates patient care. The adoption
of this model is expected to better integrate health care services and
dramatically improve the health and lives of Amerigroup members who
participate in the program.


Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia helps improve health care access
and quality for more than 375,000 low-income Georgians by developing
innovative care management programs and services. Members are assured
care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive,
integrated and patient-centered. Amerigroup Georgia provides ongoing
community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active
participants in their health care. Through health education programs,
members are empowered to choose and sustain a healthy lifestyle. For
more information about Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia, visit


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is a leading national oral health company and the largest in the
Medicaid space. Along with its charitable DentaQuest
, its clinical DentaQuest Care Group and its educational DentaQuest
, its mission is to improve the oral health of all. Follow
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Denise Malecki, 813-830-6986
Public Relations