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 January 2018

 

Delta Dental


BrushUp Newsletter 
 

Delta Dental of Kansas' quarterly newsletter highlighting current topics for Participating Dentists and Staff
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YOUR QUARTERLY REMINDERS:

 

Processing Policy Change Reminder

 

D0330 panoramic radiographic image plus bitewings or other radiographic images These radiographic images, when taken on the same service date, will no longer be benefitted separately beginning March 1, 2018. DDKS will begin following the national policy which states, "a panoramic image, with or without supplemental radiographic images (such as periapicals, bitewings and/or occlusal radiographic images), is considered a complete series for time limitation purposes and any fee charged in excess of the allowance for a complete series (D0210) is DISALLOWED".

 

For a list of 2018 processing policy clarifications and changes, please review the December issue of the Delta Dental BrushUp Newsletter.

 

 

Delta Dental PPOSM Fee Schedule

 

The 2018 Delta Dental PPO Fee Schedule is available within the Dental Office Services portal at DeltaDentalKS.com. You will find the fee schedule within the "Documents & Dentist Handbook" section within the portal.


Please Note: Delta Dental's PPO program is an optional program for participating dentists with a separate contract. Participation in this program offers you access to a larger number of Delta Dental patients. Contact your local Professional Relations Representative if you would like to participate in or learn more about the PPO network - or send an email requesting more information to pr@deltadentalks.com.

 

 

Participating Dentist's Handbook

 

The 2018 Delta Dental Participating Dentist’s Handbook with Processing Policies and Procedures Reference Guide is also available within the Dental Office Services portal at DeltaDentalKS.com. You will find the handbook within the "Documents & Dentist Handbook" section within the portal. You will find the handy “What You Need to Know” section at the beginning of the handbook. This section includes topics such as guidelines for submitting claims and pre-determinations, how to submit orthodontic claims, how to handle coordination of benefits, how to handle appeals, information about electronic services and more.

 

 

Registration is now open!

2018 Annual Seminar & Meeting 

 

When: Saturday, August 11, 2018   |   8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton   |   Overland Park, KS

3 CEUs

$20 per attendee

 

 

 

Punked by Plaque, by Dr. Brian Nový

The public seems obsessed with disinfecting everything from shopping cart handles to doorknobs. However, does it make sense to try and disinfect the mouth in an attempt to restore health? New revelations in cariology research indicate a better strategy may involve nurturing the growth of biofilm. But is such a dramatic paradigm shift consistent with oral healthcare? and could it go wrong?

 

Upon completion of this seminar, you'll be able to:

  • explain the mixed bacteria ecological plaque hypothesis
  • improve the prognosis of restorative treatment
  • simplify techniques to lower caries incidence
  • systematize risk assessment processes

 

Dr. Bryan Nový is the Director of Practice Improvement at the DentaQuest Institute, and an adjunct associate professor of restorative dentistry. He has served on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and as the Chairman of the CAMBRA coalition. The California Dental Association Foundation presented him with the Dugoni Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Dental Education", and in 2009, the American Dental Association awarded Dr. Nový and his office the title "Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year".

 

Delta Dental Plans Association

Statement on Opioids:

 

As healthcare providers licensed to provide prescription medications, dentists must educate themselves about safe and responsible prescribing, as well as identify potential abuse by their patients. 

 

Opioids are commonly prescribed by the medical and dental professions to relieve pain. There is a widely publicized opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), out of the 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015, opioids accounted for 20,101 deaths, over 38 percent. The CDC also advises that overdose is not the only risk related to prescription opioids. Misuse, abuse and opioid use disorder (addiction) are also potential dangers.

 

As prescribers of opioids, dentists and the dental profession, have a role in preventing their misuse. As the nation’s leading dental benefits provider, covering more than 73 million Americans, and offering the country’s largest dental network with roughly 152,000 participating dentists, Delta Dental recommends the following industry norms to better manage the prescribing of opioids:

  • When considering prescribing opioids, dentists should conduct a thorough medical and dental history, including documentation of current medications taken.
  • Dentists should consider treatment options that utilize best practices to prevent exacerbation of, or relapse of, opioid misuse.
  • Dentists should consider using alternative treatments such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) which are effective in relieving postoperative dental pain, have fewer side effects and less potential for abuse compared to opioids.
  • If opioids are prescribed, the dose and duration should be for as short a period as possible. Dentists should follow CDC guidelines, such as the lowest possible effective dosage and start with immediate-release opioids instead of extended-release/long-acting opioids.

Dentists should have a discussion with patients regarding the risks and complications of any medications they prescribe, including opioids. The patient should also be instructed on responsible storage and disposal of prescription opioids and the potential for misuse and abuse. Safe disposal instructions should be given to patients, to ensure unused medications are not misused or improperly disposed of.

 

Dentists should follow and continually review CDC guidelines, as well as their State Licensing Board recommendations for safe opioid prescribing. 

 

 

Spreading Smiles, one Smile Kit at a time!

 

Smile Kits are provided for Kansas-based programs/projects that include an oral health education or outreach component. Smile Kits may be requested once per year (calendar year) by eligible organizations for projects that support Delta Dental's criteria.

A Smile Kit includes a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Learn more about Delta Dental of Kansas Smile Kits here: DeltaDentalKS.com/CommunityBenefit/SmileKitProgram/ 

 
 

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

 
Upcoming Events:
  • February 9 & 10 - KMOM 2018 at the Hutchinson State Fairgrounds. Visit ksdentalfoundation.org to learn more and to access volunteer registration.
  • August 11 - Delta Dental of Kansas 2018 Annual Seminar and Meeting - Registration available at DeltaDentalKS.com/Register.

 

Dental Office Changes or Updates: Please Notify Us

 

Please contact the Professional Relations department by phone at 800.733.5823, by fax at 316.462.3317 or by email at PR@deltadentalks.com for any dentist and/or office changes or updates.

 

When to notify us:

  • New and/or change of physical or payment address(es)
  • New and/or change of phone number(s)
  • A dentist joining or leaving an office
  • Closing of an office or practice
  • Tax information changes
  • New and/or changed NPI information
  • Retirement
  • Sale or purchase of practice
  • License status updates
  • Any other notable updates or changes that effect your directory listing, claims payment, etc.

To insure proper claims payment, please notify the Professional Relations department of all changes/updates in advance and note the future effective date. 

 

 


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