At the recent Under One Roof meeting in Texas, the name badges for the DentalCodeology crew were not quite right. They said the company name was: Dental Code Allergy!
Remember your course on dental coding in education? Probably not because there do not exist. Occasionally an educator might throw something into an ethics class. Your first coding allergy exposure probably occurred with your first job. This exposure caused your dental code allergy!
With more 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. How much is your dental code allergy costing you?
Overt allergy reactions can be coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, scratchy throat and much more. Allergies can also have subtle reactions. There can be an exposure yet the person doesn’t connect the reaction. Or it is so subtle, no reaction is detected at all.
Like any allergy, there are varying degrees. For some of us, it can be just the thought of taking a course on coding course. It could even manifest a nearly anaphylactic reaction.
More often the reaction is more subtle. As long as all you need to do is enter D1110, D0120, D0274 and D1206, life is fine. Subtle reactions like slight itching starts when you need the code for 7 vertical bite-wing radiographs.
Or that, new D4346 code. For years, a code needed yet now that we have it, you are not sure who, what, when or how it should be used. Your eyes can start getting scratchy and begin to water.
Is there a code for laser treatment? What about air-polishing? What code follows D4346? Now the sweating starts and thoughts of Benadryl come to mind.
The good news is this Dental Code Allergy can be managed and often cured. How? By becoming a DentalCodeology Insider!!