Reducing and Preventing Coding Errors in Your Dental Office

Patient in dental office with doctors in the backgroundIf your dental practice has issues with coding errors, you may notice a number of problems being caused by these errors. These can include denied or delayed payment, having your dental license eventually revoked, or even serving jail time. Because of this, it’s very important that you keep in mind that, no matter who in your office is in charge of assigning codes, the dentist is the one who is legally responsible.

Reducing and Preventing Coding Errors

As the owner of your dental practice, you are legally responsible for the accuracy of the claims that come from your office. Below are a few ways for you to protect yourself and your practice by preventing coding errors:

  • Know the Codes – We encourage you and your staff to attend coding courses. Even though many of the state dental boards don’t require dentists to receive CTD training, we still suggest that you know the codes to help prevent errors.
  • Run Reports – The simplest way to catch errors is to run regular practice analysis reports. It’s also a good idea to deactivate any codes that your practice doesn’t provide. This will decrease the chances that a mistake is made.
  • Communicate Properly – Lastly, it’s also important for your dental practice to have a coding communication system in place. As the dentist, you need to be able to communicate which procedures were performed to the billing staff, which is why proper charting is also vital.

Correct coding procedures will prevent you from suffering from disciplinary action and can also result in increased income for your dental practice. For more information on how to smoothly run your dental office or for any assistance with your insurance credentialing, please contact Dental Insurance Credentialing today.

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