Eighty-Four Insurance Coding Changes for 2013

The ADA has released the 2013 Current Dental Terminology (CDT). After having received numerous code change and addition requests, the combined efforts of the prior Code Revision Committee (CRC), the new Code Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Council on Dental Benefits have resulted in 35 new codes, 37 revised codes, and 12 deleted codes—all becoming effective on January 1, 2013.

Many of the modifications for 2013 are associated with some of the most commonly performed dental procedures including fluoride treatments, bleaching, and crown retainer buildups. Additionally, changes include the addition of assessment and screening codes as well as codes to describe the use of an ICON™ infiltrate procedure and prefabricated ceramic crowns for primary teeth. Radiographs are now described as “images” rather than “films” to more accurately denote a digital x-ray along with many new codes associated with the reporting of 3-D images. The porcelain material description has been updated to include new materials such as the Lava Ultimate™ block. Periodontal and oral surgery codes have been added that describe the repair of bony defects associated with implants, sinus lift procedures, PRP, as well as a new gingivectomy code associated with restorative access. In the restorative and C&B sections, there are updates redefining the use of a provisional prosthesis and a deletion of the interim codes. These are just a few of the many changes in CDT 2013.

Join us for a Dentrix free webinar “The Future of Dentistry and Expert Coding Advice” with Dr. Charles Blair on January 4, 2013 at 11 am MT. Dr. Blair will share more about some of these coding changes so dental practices are better prepared for the 2013.

Dr. Blair is a renowned coding expert, and highly respected author and publisher. His expertise and coding guidance is all included in his book “Coding with Confidence.” His online version is called “Practice Booster” which also includes a monthly coding newsletter. To order, go to http://www.henryschein.com/us-en/ and search for item code# 3680263 and #3770006 respectively.

As the New Year is quickly approaching, be aware of these coding changes. Simple coding mistakes or oversights can negatively impact your production and collections. The Dentrix Profitability Coaching Program is one of the best investments you can give your team to help them in implementing best practices through a more in-depth use of Dentrix. Go to www.dentrix.com/profitabilitycoaching to get signed up and prepared for a great 2013.

Author: Dr. Charles Blair
Published: 01/01/2013
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