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    7 simple steps to jumpstart diagnostic coding in your office

    How you can navigate the sometimes intimidating world of medical billing.


    6. Train your hygiene team to spot and flag possible medical issues

    Your hygienists can be valuable partners in using diagnostic coding in your practice. Certain infections, bleeding gums and sensitivities may be signs that a patient might be better served by ICD-10-CM coding than by CDT codes, especially if the patient has other medical conditions. A good hygienist will spot these issues and draw your attention to them so that you can address them during your portion of the exam.

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    7. Use ICD-10-CM codes whenever possible

    Learn the ICD-10-CM codes most likely to show up in your practice and post a list in each patient bay. When you’re making notes on during examination, write in any codes that might apply. That will help your billing staff apply the codes and bill medical insurance.

    With these seven quick steps, you can quickly make the shift to ICD-10-CM coding and medical billing in your dental practice. The change will open new routes of treatments to your patients, since medical insurance will cover many treatment options in cases of infection, pain or impacted ability to live a normal life. By implementing ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding and medical billing in your practice, you can continue to serve patients as an independent dental practice in a challenging environment.

    Christine Taxin
    Christine Taxin is the founder and president of Links2Success, a practice management consulting company to the dental and medical ...


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