2018 Basic Medical Billing — Accessing Benefits for Exams, X-rays, Wisdom Teeth and TMD/OSA Appliances

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



'Medical billing by dentists is illegal.'

'I've tried it and it doesn't work.'

'I'm told only oral surgeons can bill medical plans.'


Many dentists are under the misconception that medical plan benefits can only be accessed in cases involving trauma, but this cannot be further from the truth. Current medical plans on the market cover a wide variety of dental procedures.
These range from simple examinations and consultations, such as oral cancer screenings and exams for minor issues like herpetic lesions, aphthous lesions, tori, Candidiasis and dry mouth, to the more complex, such as atrophy of the alveolar bone and pneumatization (enlargement) of the sinus as a result of tooth loss. In addition, both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for these and a myriad of other infectious, inflammatory and pathological problems are medically covered, including therapeutic (topical) treatments; periodontal surgical services; Stage I and II implant treatment; TMD, orthodontic and sleep apnea appliances; and oral and dental procedures related to traumatic injury.



There is nothing illegal about billing medical plans by any dentists, and there are no tricks involved. You just have to approach things the right way. This one-day presentation is an introduction to the basics of medical billing and will discuss the different medical plans on the market, the basics of medical diagnosis and procedure coding, as well as medical documentation requirements.



It is strongly suggested that the doctor attend the program with team members. Successfully negotiating the medical billing process requires very close cooperation between the clinical and business teams. This is what differentiates the offices that are ultimately wildly successful with medical billing from those that achieve only mediocre results, or none at all.



Who Should Attend

This course is designed for dental practitioners and all members of the dental team.



You Will Learn

  • Medical plans and what they cover; patient history and clinical notes for medical billing
  • Medical coding and guidelines: ICD-10 (Diagnosis) coding; CPT (procedure) coding; documentation requirements and correct formatting for medical billing
  • Covered procedures: examinations and diagnostics; radiographs; therapeutic treatments, including sleep apnea and TMD; wisdom teeth; nitrous oxide analgesia, oral and moderate conscious (IV) sedation
  • Claims preparation: correctly completing the CMS-1500 (02/12) medical claim form
  • Basic claim examples


About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



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CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Tuition: $275 for Dentists, $185 for Allied Dental Professionals

*Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning


Olya Zahrebelny, DDS, graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada, then completed a General Practice Residency, focusing on oral surgery, oral medicine, and oral pathology. She has practiced in both hospital and private practice environments for the past 40 years. Dr. Zahrebelny is a former consultant to commercial and government insurance programs. She has also taught at three dental schools, in the Departments of Restorative Dentistry and Oral Medicine/Diagnosis, as well as holding the position of Attending Physician at Swedish Covenant Hospital for 19 years, and also an Attending Physician in the General Practice Residency program at the University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center.


Selected for four years in a row by Dentistry Today as one of the Leaders in Continuing Dental Education, and for each of the last eighteen years as a Leader in Dental Consulting, Dr. Zahrebelny has lectured extensively throughout the US and abroad at all the major dental meetings, as well as for state and local societies and study clubs, continuing education programs, and hospital residents. She is a former guest columnist for Inclusive Magazine, Dental Economics, Dental Equipment and Materials, and Insurance Solutions. Her book, "Accessing Medical Benefits in the Comprehensive and Surgical Dental Practice" has now been in print for 18 years, with yearly revisions, edits, and updates.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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