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.