Los Angeles Dental Registry and Referral System

Medical Providers ⟶ Dental Providers

The Los Angeles Dental Registry and Referral System (LADRRS) is a referral management tool designed to increase access to oral health services through electronic referrals.

What Is LADRRS?

The Los Angeles Dental Registry and Referral System (LADRRS) is a referral management tool designed to increase access to oral health services through electronic referrals.

Developed by More LA Smiles in partnership with Altarum, LADRRS aims to improve care coordination and communication among dental providers, medical providers, and care management teams in LA County in order to ensure consistent, quality oral health services for children in the county.

LADRRS does this by allowing users to document their treatment provided, identifies Dental Providers within the county who specialize in specific areas of Oral Health Care, and enables users to manage their care providing via the LADRRS Dashboard.

LADRRS Objectives

  • Increase access to preventive services and promote continuous care for Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal insured children
  • Document children’s oral health findings and provide a database to assist medical providers when referring patients to dentists
  • Facilitate communication about children’s oral health care among dental providers, primary medical care providers and community service providers
  • Monitor referrals made and completed along with other system performance measures

Key Features

Treatment Status

Users can update a patient profiles in LADRRS to document services such as fluoride varnish applications, oral health assessments, and dental treatment.

Treatment History

Users can view previous treatment and notes from past visits.

Patient Care Summary

Users can download and print a treatment summary documenting oral care provided and referral information for patients/parents to take home.

Patient Education

Users can access downloadable patient education materials available in English, Spanish and other languages, as needed.

Dentist Search Capability

Users can search for a dentist by zip code and/or other parameters. The tool can also facilitate searching for dentists available based on the patient’s Denti-Cal coverage.

Referral Submission

Users can select a dentist and submit a referral via a secure fax line.

Referral Tracking

Users can see if referrals have been viewed and/or accepted by dental providers, whether appointments are scheduled, and when patients have been seen.

Care Dashboard

Dashboards will allow providers to view data on preventive care provided, referrals made, and accepted referrals.

LADRRS Access

The LADRRS team is working to determine appropriate methods for LA County providers to access the tool. The LADRRS tool also is being developed for integration with several Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Discussions are in progress with various public and private health systems to explore alignment with existing systems used by primary care providers and dentists.

Intended Users

Initially, users will predominately be providers and clinical support staff within medical and dental settings. This includes dentists and primary care providers, e.g., pediatricians and family medicine physicians and nurse practitioners. Additional user types, such as Dental Managed Care (DMC) coordinators, foster care caseworkers, school and Head Start health professionals, and community service organization professionals also are potential users of the tool.

User and data/privacy agreements will be established with all users of LADRRS.

Collaborators & Roles

UCLA School of Dentistry (MLAS Lead Entity)

Provide leadership for the development and customization of the LADRRS tool for the LA County environment.

Train medical and dental providers to place and process referrals, and document caries risk assessment findings and patient care plans using LADRRS.

California DHCS (Dental Transformation Initiative Lead Agency)

Help identify existing system(s) for LADRRS access and integration for medical and dental providers.

Facilitate access to dental provider referral source data for the LADRRS tool.

Medi-Cal Plans

Support the adoption and utilization of LADRRS by Medi-Cal provider networks.

Denti-Cal Plans

Support the adoption and utilization of LADRRS by Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal provider networks.

Facilitate access to dental provider referral source data for the LADRRS tool.

Support data acquisition and analysis of utilization trends, referral management, and project impact.

Professional Membership Organizations

Support adoption and utilization of LADRRS by their members.

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Your inquiries will be directed to a More LA Smiles representative, and you will receive a response as soon as possible.

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