Treating, Managing, and Reporting Periodontal Disease:
A Dental Hygienist’s Perspective
Kathy S. Forbes, RDH, BS
Friday, October 5, 2012
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm
TUITION – price includes lunch:
CREDITS: 7 hours
* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
Treatment planning of dental hygiene/periodontal procedures can be as complicated as knowing how to report those procedures to insurance carriers in order to receive reimbursement. Billing appropriately and receiving the benefits your patients are due can be frustrating to the clinical staff who must determine and report appropriate treatment as well as the business staff who must deal with third party payer contract limitations.
As a result of attending this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss Periodontal/Dental Hygiene Treatment Planning and Management. A description of how to appropriately classify (AAP classifications), case type (insurance company requirements I-V), treatment plan (based on the Comprehensive Periodontal Therapy: A Statement by the American Academy of Periodontology released July 2011) and manage periodontal diseases in your practice.
- Describe how to accurately report Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Procedures while understanding the definitions assigned by the American Dental Association. Scheduling and billing combinations of procedures will be presented which are ethical and legal as well as how insurance carriers are benefiting from these combinations.
- Explain what dental “insurance” is and what it is not. Practices are seeing patient benefits shrink, especially within the preventive and basic categories. Is your practice prepared to explain these “cost containment” and “plan limitation” features to your patients?
- Discuss documentation requirements related to radiographic narratives and periodontal chartings. This will include a discussion of the ADA Guidelines for Prescribing Dental Radiographs (referred to in the recent article on brain tumors and dental radiographs). Examples of Informed Consent and Refusal of Informed Consent will be provided.
- Discuss implications of “creative billing” of dental procedures. Through a sense of confusion and wanting to please patients, many dental offices unwittingly perform insurance fraud (sometimes prompted by the insurance carries!) on a daily basis. Unfortunately, ignorance or “she told me to do it that way” are not a defense in front of a Grand Jury.
KATHY FORBES has been a dental hygienist, educator, speaker, consultant, and seminar leader for over 30 years. She speaks frequently about the correct classification, documentation, and treatment planning of patients with periodontal disease. She is known for her abilities to communicate both preventive and restorative treatment options to patients in a way which encourages case acceptance.
Kathy is the owner of Professional Dental Seminars, Inc., a continuing education and consulting firm to dental offices throughout the northwest. She has spoken before numerous Dental Hygienists’ Association, University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University CDE, as well as dental, dental hygiene, and dental management study clubs.
She currently teaches the first year Periodontics curriculum and first year clinic in the Dental Hygiene Program at Pierce College as well as the Field Practicum in Education Series for the Eastern Washington University’s Degree Completion program for dental hygienists at Pierce College.
The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.
University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.