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October 12th, 2021
Staging and Grading Periodontitis
Published October 12th, 2021|
We now understand periodontitis may present itself as a manifestation of systemic diseases in fact; according to DeltaDental, research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, and excessive gum problems. Some of these diseases include: Diabetes Leukemia Oral cancer Pancreatic cancer Heart ...
August 12th, 2021
Billing Dental Implants under Medical Coverage
Published August 12th, 2021|
Implants can be costly to the patient and the provider, and it is crucial to understand how to bill a patient’s medical insurance to ensure there is adequate coverage for the best treatment. Implants are commonly billed in a dental office under a patient’s medical benefits. Implants could be considered ...
October 28th, 2020
Published October 28th, 2020|
Just about any large clinic you visit will have non-physician practitioners, or NPPs. These will include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurses for example. Practices and clinics can bill under the NPPs if they are credentialed with the payer, but the reimbursement is only 85% of the fee schedule. There ...
August 26th, 2020
New and Exciting Changes in the Dental Industry
Published August 26th, 2020|
My colleagues and I are nerds for information on all things billable—or not billable—in the worlds of dental and medical insurance. One of the most puzzling challenges for me over the past 15 years of teaching has been to understand why we on the dental side are segregated out of ...
August 10th, 2020
Modifier 50 — Four "Must Know" Tips For Getting Paid
Published August 10th, 2020|
Modifiers added to an HCPCS or CPT© code alters the code description, providing clarity about the service for proper claim processing and reimbursement. Here are four things you must know about modifier 50 to ensure proper payment. - Modifiers are either informational or payment related. Informational modifiers provide additional...
July 14th, 2020
Are NCCI Edits and Modifiers Just for Medicare?
Published July 14th, 2020|
The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits were developed by CMS to help promote proper coding and control improper coding that leads to incorrect payments with part B claims. It is important to understand that NCCI edits do not include every possible code combination or every type of un-bundling combination. With that ...
June 16th, 2020
Should I Bill Dental or Medical?
Published June 16th, 2020|
While you likely find yourself focusing on fewer patients and more on emergency care, it’s a good time to understand how medical billing can allow patients with active infection in the oral cavity to seek the treatment they need. Forms need to be filled out correctly, and you must carefully follow ...
April 8th, 2020
ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines Updated for COVID-19
Published April 8th, 2020|
The ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines have just been updated to include COVID reporting. Additional information beyond the previously released interim guidelines are included. These are the rules that should be followed for claims submission. The notice states that this is for April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
February 4th, 2020
Documenting telephone calls at your dental practice is just as important as documenting patient visits.
Published February 4th, 2020 - Last Review/Update February 12th, 2020|
Documenting telephone calls at your dental practice is just as important as documenting patient visits. Similar to other documentation, the common rule when it comes to call documentation is that if it is not documented, it did not happen. Therefore, every clinically relevant telephone call should be documented. Clinically relevant calls ...
January 14th, 2020
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Published January 14th, 2020 - Last Review/Update January 15th, 2020|
AAP treatment guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment.Non-surgical periodontal treatment does have its limitations. When it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal health.SCALING AND ROOT PLANINGScaling ...
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