Some CDT Codes, especially recent additions, may not be readily understood by dentists and others in the dental community. These codes prompt a need for a coordinated educational message on the procedure and its reporting. The American Dental Association, with support from organizations on the Code Maintenance Committee and others in the dental community, has developed a variety of educational material. This information, within the following list of topics, is available online for anyone to download, read or view.
Guidance on the D4346 Scaling Procedure
Patients with generally healthy periodontium receive preventive care, and those with periodontal disease involving bone and attachment loss receive therapeutic care. But what about patients who are in-between, who have widespread gingival inflammation but no bone or attachment loss? CDT Code D4346, added in CDT 2017, addresses this procedure that lies between a prophylaxis and a scaling and root planing. To learn about the procedure for these “in-between” patients and its code “D4346 scaling in presence of generalized moderate or severe gingival inflammation – full mouth, after oral evaluation”, download the publication, and view the webinar delivered in September 2016
Documenting Interpreter and Translator Services—Affordable Care Act Section 1557
Dentists who are covered entities under Section 1557 are required to provide “meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency" as well as providing qualified interpreters and translators.
Read more – August 16, 2016 ADA News article concerning this regulation.
CDT Code, D9994, effective in CDT 2017, may be used to document this service. Coding guidance is available to download.
Case Management Procedures (D9991-D9994)
Case management occurs when the techniques that enable early interventions and ensure needed dental services are delivered. To learn more about these procedures and how they are being used today, and about the four CDT Codes added in CDT 2017 to document their delivery, view the program delivered in August 2016.
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