Practice Management
The truth about implementing CAMBRA
September 13, 2017 -- Drilling and filling may remove caries, but conventional dentistry doesn't address the underlying mechanisms that lead to the disease in the first place. That's why the profession has slowly begun to embrace prevention measures, such as Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), according to Gwendolyn Essex, RDH.  Discuss
CDA Presents 2017: 10 things to know about Denti-Cal
August 28, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Denti-Cal expert Nirmala Prabhu, DMD, shared 10 things you need to about Denti-Cal, California's dental Medicaid program, at the California's Dental Association's CDA Presents 2017 meeting on August 24.  Discuss
Mass. dentist to return $500K to state Medicaid program
August 22, 2017 -- A Massachusetts pediatric dentist will return $500,000 to the state's Medicaid program for improperly billed palliative care, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
Hygienist launches dental coding community program
July 21, 2017 -- Dental coding expert Patti DiGangi, RDH, has launched a community membership program focusing on Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) issues.  Discuss
Dentistry and diagnostic coding
May 4, 2017 -- Did you know that five U.S. states already require the use of some diagnostic codes for Medicaid dental claims? As Dr. Mark Jurkovich writes, many procedures performed in a dental office require these codes, and understanding them can help your patients and your practice.  Discuss
Regular coding changes add pain in dental practice
March 14, 2017 -- Claims and coding are of the utmost importance to practices, writes Lindy Benton of Vyne. Money powers every business, fuels growth, and affects our ability to serve prospective clients, whether they be patients or software customers. One thing is true for businesses large and small -- without a well-managed revenue cycle -- success, although possible, will be fleeting at best.  Discuss
Coding narratives: No need for frustration
January 5, 2017 -- When you or your team submits a claim, you want it to be paid the first time. But many practices stumble at creating effective narratives to accompany the claim. Practice management consultant Teresa Duncan has some tested ideas to help your team write better narratives.  Discuss
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 2 -- Case examples
December 7, 2016 -- In the first part of this series, Patti DiGangi introduced the new dental code for gingival inflammation. She wrote that this code fills a gap in exiting insurance codes and has the power to finally bring the medical relevance to gingivitis treatment. The second part of her series offers case examples and discusses opportunities for practices.  Discuss
The new gingival inflammation code: Part 1 -- Opportunity or chaos?
November 30, 2016 -- There have been very few times in the history of dentistry that a single innovation or technology has been the catalyst for radically changing the game. This is one of those times. However, as Patti DiGangi writes, this game-changer isn't a high-tech gadget. It's an insurance code.  Discuss
New DentalCodeology book covers gingivitis CDT code
October 21, 2016 -- The latest installment of the DentalCodeology minibook series focuses on the new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) for gingivitis treatment.  Discuss
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