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Zoom course will help participants accurately file claims using CDT codes

Three past, current members of ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs lead one-day session

December 23, 2020

By David Burger

 Dr. Bulnes
Dr. Bulnes
A trio of coding experts are presenting a virtual one-day course in February that provides necessary foundational knowledge, skill practice and reinforcement dentists and their teams need to accurately file claims using the CDT codes in the new year.

Christopher Bulnes, D.M.D., Hope Watson, D.M.D., and Mark MiHalo, D.D.S., will lead the course Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-4:25 p.m. The Zoom session offers 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.

“After the course, you can choose to take an online assessment,” Dr. Watson said. “If you pass, you will receive a certificate of completion declaring your expertise as the go-to coding expert in your office.”

The ADA Dental Coding Certificate Live-Stream Course, sponsored by Toothnotes, will teach coding novices the resources needed to support performance on the job and offer realistic scenario-based simulations encountered during a typical workday, Dr. Mihalo said. This course is intended for staff members who have limited knowledge of CDT codes and/or how to fill out dental claim forms.

At the end of this program, Dr. Bulnes said, participants will be able to define key terms used in dental coding; locate resources and a glossary for assistance with terminology and coding; identify the current claim form; correctly complete each field on the claim form to file claims with minimal rejection; explain the use of procedure codes; and use the CDT 2021 book and CDT Companion as resources for proper coding.

Dr. Bulnes is a former ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs chair, and Dr. Mihalo served on the council and is a former chair of the council’s coding and transactions subcommittee. Dr. Watson is currently vice-chair of the council.