Dental Medical Billing Blog

Dental hygienists perform many procedures to treat patients’ oral health, such as “removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth,” “applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g. sealants and fluorides),” “teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral...

Dental clinics provide a variety of treatments and services to patients. However, they are limited in what they provide, depending on their skillset. More dentists could assist them in taking on more patients, providing certain procedures that the practice cannot provide. Dentists could hire new...

When a new yet difficult patient comes to a practice, seeking treatments with improbable expectations, dentists could deny them in order to avoid long term problems with them, regardless of “the potential income that could be derived from a case” (“Just say no: How to handle demanding patients”...

Dentists can commit fraud in order to get more money by “[billing] for services not rendered,” intentionally sending wrong codes to insurance companies, upcoding, etc. (Lewis Jr. and Farragher 2013). When they get caught, dentists pay fines, serve prison time, and live with damaged reputations....

Some people cannot get dental care because they cannot afford it or do not have coverage (Melko 2017). Other people, such as students and the elderly, may have no time for it or lack transportation (Melko 2017; Reese III 2009). Instead of them going to...

Some people can utilize dental insurance to cover their costs. Others can pay full price for their treatments. However, some people, including those with dental insurance, cannot even afford them, causing them to delay treatment, leading to future problems for their oral health and overall...

Many dental insurance companies do audits in dental practices in order to detect fraud (“Understanding dental plan audit authority” 2017). Dental practices under insurance companies must comply with their audits (“Understanding dental plan audit authority” 2017). Clinics should never engage in illegal activities, but organized...