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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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Test sterilizers weekly

For California dentists: Q Review, Winter 2017
Testing your office sterilizers each week is required by the California Dental Board. This requirement includes using biologic indicators (not paper strips or packaging that changes color) and testing all sterilizers, even those used infrequently or as backup. During an onsite Quality Assessment review, the examiner checks your in-office spore testing log to ensure your compliance with regulations.

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Two new dental plan choices for patients

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

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PPO rules!

5 reasons to join PPO now
PPO dentists help patients save money! More good ways to make patients happy (and great reasons to join PPO) are just a click away.

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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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Start out right

Provider Tools tip
Three quick ways to enhance your experience right from the start.

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Achieve communication success

Enhance your cultural awareness skills
Knowing your patients’ language preferences helps increase their comfort level and improves the quality of care you provide. Boost your skills further by taking classes, documenting office protocol and using interpretive services.

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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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