Sarah Beth Herman
Dental Coding Education - Grow Your Practice Now
Let's focus on "smarter, not harder" for a moment. Let's see how you can dream easier for the growth of your Dental Office.
Also, this is 3 minutes... you can do anything for 3 minutes, let's help you become more profitable.
Keeping this simple is the only way we can all benefit from it. Knowing what numbers to look for in your office can be tricky because it seems scary to give away the information on how much your dental office makes. It's intimidating to Managers, Dentists, and Owners because the "staff might ask for more pay." Let's change that mindset.
Scroll to the bottom for Preventive, Restorative and Perio maximizing codes.
What if it meant we brought clarity to the costs of the business and allowed everyone the opportunity to help grow the company to benefit the entire room?
I've worked in many dental offices that thought, more patients = more money. Not so much. How about more quality patients = more money.. Yes, yes that is it.
The data to the left is what every dental consultant will tell you. We think a little differently. How about knowing the difference in what you could be making on all of those patients you already have. Work smarter... They are already coming in the door.
Adding a $75 Scaling, $100 Preventive Resin, and $75 in PA's to a $150 Hygiene visit could give you $400 JUST. LIKE. THAT. (insert my "hands raising in exclamation)
Okay, enough jibber-jabber, let's tell you what codes you should be verifying and using to increase production per patient. Because it is always easy to say "Just get a crown out of every patient, but what about maximizing benefits and services where ADA codes exist? Yep, let's do that.
Preventive codes may seem obvious but the following are just a couple of scenarios you could be missing out on.
Scaling in conjunction with a prophy.
PA's with each recare/recall appointment.
Palliative Exams (esp. if they are not combined with other exam freqencies)
Restorative has the same beautiful options to know how you're getting paid and how you can maximize the benefits of plans and even offer a more comprehensive plan for noninsured patients who deserve the same care.
Periodontal services come in all shapes and sizes. Check out these codes you could be missing out on. There are age limitations with some period code that could hurt big time if a patient expects the insurance to cover.
The ADA has incredible coding resources available on its website. See below for direct links to learn more.
Verifying benefits for patients can be very time-consuming. Working with a third-party verification team is always advised especially when you are looking to reduce costs and improve your overall Profit and Loss of your dental business.
If you are looking for more ways to educate your team, check back in our free training section for tips and tricks to build your dental office. For dental certification courses and more in-depth training for your team or new hires, check out this online dental front office academy.
Part 2 of our Coding Education series will be posted soon (covering Endo, Oral Surgery, Implants and more)!
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