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Miscellaneous, general information, announcements

Automated telephone service enhancements

Coming to a phone near you, December 2017
Call our updated automated phone service to hear eligibility and benefits information for an unlimited number of patients and/or to request faxed summaries — convenient and free!

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Intel moving to risk-based benefit

A personalized style of care
Intel Corporation’s risk-based approach to dental care starts 1-1-2018. Its Delta Dental PPO plan (group #05178) will cover one exam per calendar year for adults at low risk for oral health problems and two exams per calendar year for high-risk adults and children to age 14.

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Medicare Part C enrollment added for dentists

Enrollment required for payment
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require dentists in Medicare Advantage plan networks (“Part C” plans) to be enrolled as Medicare providers. The CMS-855I (long form) was cited in the CMS rule as appropriate for this enrollment.

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Use CDT 2018 codes on claims 1-1-2018

Review the summary of changes
CDT 2018 includes 18 new codes, three code deletions and several description changes. A summary of the changes, including our applicable claims processing policies, is available for your review.

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Two new dental plan choices for patients

Individual plans launched in CA, FL, PA and TX
New individual PPO plans can help replace employer-sponsored plans lost through retirement or job changes.

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You can help minimize drug abuse

Join the fight against this national epidemic
Make a difference by taking steps to limit prescriptions, educate patients and staff, and intervene if signs of drug abuse arise.

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Welcome to Dr. Kenneth Yale

New SVP, CCO joins Delta Dental
Kenneth Yale, DDS, JD, joined our Delta Dental enterprise team this year. Dr. Yale’s new leadership role in Network Development and Professional Services is enhanced by his strong background in data science, law and governmental regulations.

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“Caleb’s Law” takes effect in California

For California dentists: Q Review, Summer 2017
California AB 2235 (also known as “Caleb’s Law”), took effect January 1, 2017. Follow-up bill, AB 224, redefines general anesthesia, defines deep sedation, and includes additional requirements for any dental procedure involving general anesthesia or deep sedation.

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Leaner and greener from a dentist’s perspective

See how going green saves money
Our recent webinar (now a video), “Going Green & Saving Green”, features an outstanding example of an eco-friendly office and how it got that way. Plus, you’ll get realistic and simple steps you can take to start “greening up” your practice and saving money, too.

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Dental coverage – surviving in health care exchanges

We’re working to keep patients coming to you
We’re staying involved with what’s happening Washington, D.C. concerning health care and working to preserve the gains in coverage achieved in exchanges (even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced with something else). We support letting states keep what’s working for them and oppose taxing benefits.

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