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Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:08

CDT 2014 Codes: The winds of change are upon us once again Featured

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post 71 picAs I work through our coding list for DAISY clients and incorporate the changes that the ADA has made to the CDT 2014 code set, I have to work at recalling how the office staff stays informed of the changes that are coming more rapidly to their everyday workflows.

Coding changes are no easy task for any organization, and the impact of the CDT codes impact ADA, HHS, HIPAA standard for use in electronic transactions, insurance companies, clearinghouses, and ultimately the dental practice

When you take a moment to reflect on the many hands that touch the CDT codes on a daily basis, it is immense. 

When you look at the whole picture, the dental practice seems like only a small part of the team. 

However, the dental practice is the one player that begins the entire transaction and can have the most impact on efficient and accurate procedure coding and billing. 

Thus, the accurate posting of the procedure code for that one patient seen this morning can be processed through numerous computers and human processes.  

The doctors and many office staff that are being relied upon to efficiently run dental practices are trusted to seek out the knowledge of change that impact their daily workflows.  And keeping abreast of the changes to CDT coding is one of the most impactful ways that one can impact business success. 

Accurate coding leads to quicker reimbursement and clear documentation of services to your patients.  It is that simple.  And, it is that important.  

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato

Regardless of what your role is in the office, whether you are a doctor, hygienist, assistant or front office personnel, the beginning begins with you.  Take a moment to initiate learning and sharing with your team the new CDT 2014 codes, there are 29 of them, 18 revised codes and 4 deleted codes. 

These coding changes will impact your office beginning January 1, 2014.  If you haven’t done so, you can go to the ADA catalog and order your CDT 2014 Dental Procedure Codes book and CD, or by clicking the link:

The time is now to learn of the changes that are coming your way, and CDT 2014 coding changes are headed right for you.  The beginning is the most important part of the work, and making today your beginning is a right click.

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