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Dental Sleep Medicine, TMD, & Medical Billing in Dentistry

The Importance of S.O.A.P. Reports for Dental Medical Billing

When you first begin learning the ropes for cross-coding (billing medical insurance in dentistry), you’re focused on navigating the medical claim form boxes and connecting ICD-10 codes (diagnosis) to the appropriate and corresponding CPT codes (procedures).  

A new cross-coder might get all of...

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Why Dental Practices Billing Medical Insurance are Ahead of the Curve

by Rose Nierman | Mar 16, 2017 10:17:10 AM |

Dental Sleep Medicine, CrossCoding, Medical Billing

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There are around 60 dentists per 100,000 population in the United States[1], and that number is likely to grow. 

100,000 is a relatively small city, about the size of Boulder, CO. If distributed evenly, that is around 1,600 patients per dental practice. Not bad! But we all know that is not how...

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E0486 Dental Sleep Medicine Medical Code

E0486 is the current HCPCS medical code (as of February 2017) for a custom-fitted mandibular sleep apnea appliance, used for dental sleep medicine medical billing.

The description for E0486 is an oral device/appliance used to reduce upper airway collapsibility, adjustable or non-adjustable,...

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Dentists - Take Advantage of a Booming Sleep Apnea Appliance Market

by Mayoor Patel | Jan 31, 2017 10:13:39 AM |

Dental Sleep Medicine, Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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With a new year comes a new resolution. For 2017, we, as dental practitioners, should have the goal of improving our dental practice, the quality of care we provide, and the amount of patients we treat. The sleep apnea device market continues to have a bright future, which is great news for us...

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What is Dental Sleep Medicine?

Sleep is supposed to be one of the healthiest and restorative activities one can partake in, an essential function required daily to feel renewed and energized for the coming day. But when snoring and sleep apnea enter the picture, sleep is distorted from a peaceful activity into an internal...

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Should I Add Dental Sleep Medicine To My Dental Practice?

by Mayoor Patel | Aug 23, 2016 2:41:12 PM |

Dental Sleep Medicine, Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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As a dentist, have you thought about treating obstructive sleep apnea in your office? If you haven’t already, then you should begin contemplating it now. It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans currently suffer from sleep apnea--a sleep breathing disorder in which a person’s airway...

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Should I Add Medical Billing to My Dental Practice?

Many dental practices bill medical insurance for medically necessary procedures such as Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, TMJ splints and oral surgeries such as bone grafts, wisdom teeth extractions, and dental implants.

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Why Dental Practices Are Cross Coding to Medical Insurance

Did you know that dental practices have been getting reimbursed by medical insurance for over 30 years? In fact, I wrote my first manual for cross coding and billing medical insurance in a dental office in 1988 - 28 years ago! (I just so happened to be 12 when I wrote it!)

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Building a Successful Dental Sleep Medicine Practice

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The New ICD-10 Code for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

by Rose Nierman | Oct 2, 2015 3:55:00 PM | |

The new ICD-10 diagnosis code for obstructive sleep apnea is G47.33 

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