Medicare Dental Compliance: What You Should Do Before the June 1 Deadline?

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Patti Digangi, RDH, BS
Conference Date
Thu, Mar 10, 2016
60 minutes
Product Description

Be Prepared For the 1st June’ 2016 Deadline – Dentistry Compliance under Medicare


Dentistry is in transition and making the right choices can lead to higher productivity and happy patients that refer their family and friends. Isn't that what we all are looking for in our practices? Medicare can potentially open doors to new possibilities. Every dentist has choices to make about Medicare yet is probably very confused.

All dentists must file with Medicare and have all paperwork approved by 6/1/16. Time is getting short. The worst choice is to do nothing at all. If a patient that is on Medicare comes in with an abscess and the dentist writes a prescription, if the dentist has not registered with Medicare, the prescription will not be paid. Opting-out might sound like a good choice yet if your patient needs a biopsy even if the oral surgeon performing the biopsy is registered for Medicare but the referring dentist is not, there will be no coverage. With the growing body of oral-systemic science and an aging population, just the same old kind of dental practice won’t work for the future. Dentists Medicare choice is NOT something to be ignored and can have far reaching ramifications as this webinar with expert speaker Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS will explain.

All dentists have a National Provider Identification (NPI) number which means Medicare knows you exist. In addition, dentistry is now recognized as a branch of medicine per the CMS with their redefinition of the word physician to include ‘doctors of dental surgery and dental medicine.’ Medicare isn’t only for those over age 65. It also covers those under age 65 with a permanent disability, renal disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease. This means children, adolescents, teenagers, and many more can come under Medicare. Most traditional benefit carriers watch Medicare choices carefully and often create their plans to mirror Medicare. Dentists ignoring this information are doing it to the peril of their practice.

Session Highlights:

  • Understand why is this so important RIGHT NOW
  • Puzzle your way to the best choices for your practice
  • Know the ramifications of opt-in/opt-out and ‘do nothing’ choices
  • Identify the deadlines and what is needed to meet it
  • Breathe easier by knowing the answers to perplexing Medicare questions

Session Snapshots:

  • Dentists Defined as Physician/Practitioner
  • Medicare Dual Eligibility
  • Medical management as an oral-systemic practice
  • Special needs dentistry
  • Why is your Medicare choice so important NOW?
  • Another reason to understand Medicare
  • Deadlines delayed
  • 4 questions to help you choose
  • 4 Options with within categories
  • Sample of form
  • Real life examples
  • Important notices
  • Participating vs. Non-participating
  • Benefits of Accreditation for CT Scans
  • Check with your  Medicare Administrative Contractors
  • ADA guidance
  • Making the right choice for your practice and patients

Who should attend?

  • Dentists
  • Office Managers
  • Insurance/Benefits Professionals

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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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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