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Dental coding, peer review CE at session

Orlando, Fla.—Brush up on how to better resolve disputes with patients and payers and understand dental coding with two annual session seminars.

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs presents Peer Review and Dispute Resolution and The Code: Your Gateway to Accuracy at annual session next month.

The council has presented The Code: Your Gateway to Accuracy at annual session since 1999, revising it every two years to reflect changes in the new versions of the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature. This year's program is new, because the next version of the Code will become effective Jan. 1.

Participants will learn how to use the Code through interactive discussion of clinical coding scenarios and differences in dental and medical claim completions; and when third-party payers use the Code inappropriately in claim processing, among other areas. Dr. James G. Richeson, current member of CDBP and its Subcommittee on the Code, contributed to the new workshop's content and will present the course. It is scheduled for 2-5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and listed as course 5322.

The peer review program is designed to help dentists resolve disputes with patients and payers. It includes an explanation and demonstration of the mediation and the full committee review phase of the peer review process. At the end of the course, participants will understand the ADA's recommendations on organizing and implementing a peer review program and the benefits of using a peer review system.

Dr. Henrik Hansen, chair of the California Dental Association's Peer Review Committee, and Dr. Stephen Simpson, former president of the Ohio Dental Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, will deliver the workshop. Both are former members of CDBP. The workshop is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 11 and is listed as course 7330.

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