UW School of Dentistry

Medical Billing for Dental Practices and Coding for Medical and Dental Claims

Chris P. Farrugia, DDS

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Registration for this course is open now. Register today through Seattle King County Dental Society at www.skcds.org.

Morning Topic: Medical Billing for Dental Practices

Dental practices are filled with patients that pay premiums for medical insurance policies that have benefits available for services they render. Accessing medical benefits requires the dental office to step out of their
“dento-centric” view of their practice and into a medical view. In this course, dental practices will learn to separate the medical portion of their services from the dental, identify when to file for medically necessary services and the basics of medical claim submission.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this portion of the course you will:

  • Understand the basis for medical billing for dental practices
  • Learn basic medical insurance terminology and concepts
  • Understand the medical claims cycle and how it works
  • Understand medical necessity for claims
  • Learn ICD and CPT coding basics
  • Learn what can be billed to medical insurance
  • Learn how to complete the CMS1500 claim form

Afternoon Topic: Coding For Medical and Dental Claims

ICD 10 replaced ICD-9 in October 2015. Changes to the ADA claim form require the use of ICD-10 diagnosis codes as does the CMS1500 medical claim form; thus, a working knowledge of ICD-10 is important for dental practices that file dental AND medical claims. This course will prepare the practitioner and staff for medical and dental claims using ICD-10.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this portion of the course you will:

  • Learn the contents, organization, conventions and structure of ICD-10-CM
  • Learn how to locate and assign a code with ICD-10-CM
  • Learn how to prioritize your diagnosis codes for successful claims
  • Learn how to code various clinical situations (ICD and CPT) including exam, consultation, radiographs, CT, emergencies, TMD, sleep apnea appliance and surgical removal of wisdom teeth


Chris P. Farrugia is a speaker, teacher and leader in digital dentistry. An early adopter of digital CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Farrugia added CT to his practice in 2011. He trains dentists nationwide who want to advance their practices with CAD/CAM digital restorative techniques, digital imaging and successfully access medical benefits for their services. Dr. Farrugia is a graduate from the Emory University of Dentistry and an alumnus of LD Pankey Institute. He has been a CEREC Chair side user since 2000, a CEREC in Lab user since 2009 and a Patterson Certified CEREC Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Trainer. Dr. Farrugia is the owner of Artistic Dental Laboratory Services and author of multiple articles on medical billing for dentists.


  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, October 13, 2017

Emerald Queen Conference Center
5700 Pacific Highway E
Fife, WA 98424

This course is designed for the whole dental team.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (Registration available now).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until October 6, 2017

After October 6, 2017

CREDITS: 7 hours

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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.

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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.