Current Dental Terminology (CDT) Coding Updates 2017

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Patti Digangi, RDH, BS
Conference Date
Tue, Oct 25, 2016
60 minutes
Product Description

Get Expert Review of New Gingivitis and CDT Codes for 2017

Current Dental Terminology (CDT) is generally thought only for efficient processing of dental claims. Although, it is also used as a standard language to populate electronic health records—staying current with the codes can give a practice a competitive edge. In 2017, there will be dramatic changes in periodontal coding with the addition of gingivitis code.

Changes in the overall healthcare system continues to change dentistry. State Medicaid Programs would like to capture clinical data to support public health activities, to support development of evidence-based benefits plans, and to support funding efforts. Codes for case management will be available to CDT 2017 to fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and more as dentistry moves forward with Medicaid Managed Care delivery, dental service organizations and more.

The state of California and the federal government reached an unprecedented agreement that will make an additional $740 million investment in California's Denti-Cal program over the next five years. The state has set a goal to increase the number of children (0-20 years old) who receive a preventive dental service by 10 percentage points over the five-year waiver period. To achieve that goal, the state intends to provide additional payments to providers for prevention services. A bonus paid to providers if patient seen by same provider by same one 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. In order to fulfill this goal, efforts by practitioners need to show proof of their efforts to bring patients back to office. Codes will show how the requirements of this initiative can be provided.

Join Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS in this informative session to keep abreast of 2017 CDT coding updates and various regulation changes related to dentistry.

Session Highlights:

  • Tips to find the most appropriate dental codes
  • Case-based learning to assist clinical professionals in applying information to review, understand and use the new, revised and deleted CDT 2017 codes
  • Great resources to help you in correct CDT coding
  • What is dental-medical necessity?
  • Where does dental-medical necessity go?
  • Learn how to use the new gingivitis code
  • How to protect yourself from fraud?
  • Update on the new case management codes
  • Maintaining a team approach to increase profitability
  • Examples of gaps in coding (under-coding and over-coding)
  • Reviewing the most notable changes
  • Identifying carrier’s parameters for perio coverage
  • Creating your ultimate success formula

Who should attend

Hygienists, Dentists, Office managers, Insurance/benefits professionals

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About Our Speaker

Patti Digangi Dental Coding Expert


Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS works with dental professionals to improve practice profitability. The Affordable Care Act and other rules are changing the face of healthcare. These changes are felt through soon-coming required use of electronic health records and a set of confusing codes. Codes can seem mysterious and we can feel like a victim to the system. Patti helps break the code and demystify the process.

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