Titan Alpha, a joint venture between Prometheus Federal Services (PFS) and Customer Value Partners (CVP), was awarded a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Center for Care and Payment Innovation (CCPI) to continue supporting programmatic requirements to its VETSmile Pilot Program.
Regular dental care is a preventative remedy to improve overall health and wellbeing; however, there are currently 7.8 million Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare who are ineligible for VA dental benefits. To better meet the need for affordable Veteran dental care, the Center for Care and Payment Innovation implemented a new pilot program in 2021 called VETSmile. VETSmile aims to improve Veterans’ access to dental care by establishing a referral network of community dental care partners (DCPs) that provide a dental home for Veterans at a discounted rate.
“With this contract award, Titan Alpha will continue its work to help ensure that the pilot program can serve Veterans in accessing low-cost or pro bono dental services in the community,” says Melisa Foronda, MPH, PFS Project Manager for VETSmile, “Through detailed planning efforts, communication and outreach initiatives, and dedicated program support, we look forward to helping the VETSmile program successfully and sustainably provide Veterans with access to dental care.”
In its initial year, with Titan Alpha support, VETSmile engaged 50+ DCPs nationwide, helping 2,900+ Veterans connect with dentists through 4,800+ patients visits and 10,000+ dental procedures at 14 sites in seven states. In this next phase, the VETSmile program will focus on monitoring and oversight of the program. The team will also implement a communications strategy to reach stakeholders and strategic partners to ensure eligible Veterans have access to affordable dental care.
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