From research to real-world results
Our mission is to keep members as healthy as possible — in every way possible. We were the first insurance and dental benefits company to publish a study showing how good dental health can reduce medical claims and improve overall health.1
Since 2006, we’ve teamed with Columbia University to conduct industry-changing research. Based on some of this research, we pioneered our Dental Medical IntegrationSM (DMI) program. View our 4-minute video. This initiative helps dental and medical benefits work together for better overall health and value.
Better health and a healthier benefits budget
Up to 20% of members can enjoy better health when their medical and dental information is integrated.2 DMI uses our advanced technology to automatically identify who can benefit most from better dental care. This includes people with diabetes, people with heart disease and pregnant women. The result: real cost savings and improved health, with no extra cost or paperwork.
Results that speak for themselves
Compared with members not in the program, DMI members2:
- Received more preventive care.
- Used fewer major and basic services.
- Had fewer hospital admissions.
- Had better control of their diabetes.
- Had lower claims costs.
Extra dental benefits without extra costs or paperwork
DMI includes enhanced dental benefits covered at 100%.* No deductible or paperwork is needed, and the extra services do not count toward the member’s calendar-year maximum.
1Joint study with Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Albert DA, Sadowsky D, Papapanou P, Conicella ML, Ward A. An examination of periodontal treatment and per-member, per-month (PMPM) medical costs in an insured population. BMC Health Services Research 2006; 6:103. Continued analysis of retrospective study.
2Ongoing, statistically valid analysis of Aetna DMI customers. Aetna Informatics, 2010-2012.
*Exclusions and limitations may apply. Treatment offered is based on member’s dental evaluation.
Dental benefits and dental insurance plans are offered, underwritten and/or administered by Aetna Health Inc., Aetna Dental Inc., Aetna Dental of California Inc. and/or Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna). Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.
This material is for information only and is not an offer or invitation to contract. An application must be completed to obtain coverage. Rates and benefits vary by location. Dental information programs provide general dental information and are not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a dentist or other health care professional. Dental benefits and dental insurance plans contain exclusions and limitations. Not all dental services are covered. See plan documents for a complete description of benefits, exclusions, limitations and conditions of coverage. Plan features and availability may vary by location and group size and are subject to change.
Providers are independent contractors and are not agents of Aetna. Provider participation may change without notice. Aetna does not provide care or guarantee access to health/dental services. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change.
Policy forms issued in Oklahoma include: HMO OK COC-5 09/07, HMO/OK GA-3 11/01, HMO OK POS RIDER 08/07, GR-9/GR-9N, GR-23 and/or GR-29/GR-29N.