By Kyle Summerford Editorial Director This month I’ll review coding for osseous surgery–four or more contiguous teeth or tooth bounded spaces per quadrant. Here’s what you need to keep in mind with this code. • This code is used to report four or more teeth per quadrant. If there are fewer teeth per quad report D4261 • Scaling and root planing and/or periodontal maintenance should be reported prior to requesting benefits for osseous surgery, with a minimum of six weeks to allow for reevaluation prior to performing the osseous surgery. • Periodontal charting should indicate pocket depths of 5 mm or greater and be dated within six months in order… read more →
With the increase in oral cancer comes an increase in many dental practices screening patients for signs of oral cancer. Many practices are not sure what fee to charge for this type of exam, what ADA code to bill, or whether or not insurance companies will reimburse this fee. Here is a guide on what ADA codes to use when billing for an oral cancer screening and further biopsy procedures. Read Full Article
Introducing the new editorial director of DAD, Kyle Summerford Happy New Year to all of you who read DentistryIQ and Dental Assisting Digest. I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself as the newest addition to the PennWell editorial family. My name is Kyle L. Summerford. I’m the newly appointed editorial director for PennWell’s DAD. I look forward to working with everyone. I’ve taken time to read many articles that have appeared recently in the Front Office section of DentistryIQ. Meg Kaiser has provided me with a lot of useful information and updated me on everyone’s awesome contributing efforts throughout the years. I really don’t want to bore you… read more →
Read Full Article Increase case acceptance I recently saw a continuing education course that was titled “Master the Art of Persuasion.” Many key factors were mentioned for staff members to learn when “selling” dentistry during their case presentation. Although many key factors that were listed were important for case acceptance, there was one extremely important factor not mentioned. What was the essential ingredient missing? Compassion!!
Read Full Article What to Expect When Buying an Existing Dental Practice Buying your first dental practice is a giant leap toward success. Buying a preexisting dental practice can have its perks and, at the same time, its downsides. This is a pivotal moment in your life, and you want to make sure your new investment is worth the price you agree to pay.If you have never had a practice of your own, you may be a little in the dark on what you should expect after you buy one. Read these tips to find out how you can protect yourself now that you have — or are considering buying… read more →
Read Full Article How much time should I be spending on this particular individual? A common question to ask yourself upon each new patient consultation is, “How much time should I be spending on this particular individual? What if I told you using these five easy steps could alleviate some daily stress and help you to get a good night’s sleep? Would you implement these five simple steps into your practice? Of course you would!
Read Full Article You’ve decided to accept insurance into your practice, now what?
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Read Full Article What can hinder the ability to sell and collect? Why are so many practices unable to “close the deal” and achieve case acceptance with collection?