In 2017, Delta Dental of Colorado partnered with CU Health Plan (CUHP) and a select group of highly utilized dentists to track blood pressure readings taken during preventive dental visits. This innovative partnership has allowed us to connect the medical and dental aspects of overall health based on American Heart Association guidelines for hypertension (high blood pressure) identification and integrated data sharing.
More than 1,300 lives were saved through early detection of hypertension and referral for follow-up primary care.
In 2020, we added Larimer County to this innovative program and in 2021 Jefferson County School District. If you see a CUHP (group #12026), Jefferson County School District (group #1055) or Larimer County (group #11386) patient, you can receive reimbursement for taking the blood pressure, educating the patient, and referring them to their physician for a definitive diagnosis and work-up if necessary.
To date, more than 4,500 members have had their blood pressure taken at preventive dental appointments with this program, of which almost 2,000 lives were saved through early detection of hypertension and referral for follow-up primary care.
Read more about the American Heart Association guidelines and understanding blood pressure readings.