Underused CDT Codes to Consider

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In today’s podcast, Amber Darst, one of our Solutions Managers, discusses the underused CDT codes that dentists should consider.

Podcast Highlights

00:10 What are CDT Codes?

01:01 List of Underused CDT Codes

02:28 Why Choose an Experienced Dental Billing Company

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Hi, this is Amber Darst, Solutions Manager here at MOS, and for this podcast I’ll be touching on the topic of underused CDT codes.

00:10 What Are CDT Codes?

CDT codes are an essential part of a dental practice, as they allow dentists to communicate treatment procedures and services to the insurance providers effectively. However, not all codes are commonly used in day-to-day practice. Underused CDT codes are specific codes within the CDT system that are often overlooked or less frequently utilized by dentists.

There are several reasons why certain CDT codes may be underused. It could be due to limited awareness among dental professionals, specialized applicability of certain procedures, or the evolving nature of dental treatments. These underused codes often represent valuable services that can be beneficial in specific cases or for addressing complex dental conditions.

01:01 List of Underused CDT Codes

Here is just a short list of some of the underused CDT codes that dentists should consider incorporating into their practice.

These codes can help capture and report a broader range of services, leading to more accurate documentation, improved insurance reimbursement, and better communication with insurance companies.

First, we have D0390 and that is limited orthodontic treatment for the adolescent dentition

We have D1520, that is the space maintainer, which is removable unilateral

D1310 this is nutritional counseling for control of dental disease

D4346, which is scaling in the presence of generalized moderate or severe gingival inflammation, full mouth after an oral evaluation

And then we have D7912, which is a complicated suture which is greater than 5 centimeters

It’s important to note that the usage of these CDT codes may vary based on individual patient cases, treatment plans, and insurance coverage. Dentists should review specific code descriptions and guidelines and communicate with insurance providers to ensure accurate coding and billing practices within their dental practice.

02:28 Why Choose an Experienced Dental Billing Company

As a dentist, consider partnering with an experienced dental billing company to assist with your insurance verification and dental billing needs. These companies can provide expertise and support in dental billing, ensuring efficiency, accuracy, and financial success for the practice. Key factors to consider when selecting a dental billing service provider include expertise and experience, accuracy and compliance, industry knowledge and updates, communication and support, and last but certainly not least, security and confidentiality.

And that’s all for this and for a more comprehensive list of underused CDT codes, please refer to the attached article.

And thanks for listening in.

Amber Darst

Amber Darst is our Solutions Manager in the Healthcare Division, Practice and RCM. With a rich background in dental services, her expertise ranges from insurance coordination to office management.

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