Dental Benefit Plans
Coverage through dental benefit plans is one of the primary ways patient care is funded and being able to navigate the dynamic world of dental benefit plans is one key to managing a smart practice. Utilizing the resources included here, you will learn how to navigate the unique requirements of provider agreements, manage and file dental claims efficiently and effectively, improve your understanding of your appeal rights as a dentist and much more.
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As dentists continue to struggle with the changing healthcare landscape, discontinuing participation with contracted dental plans is an increasing consideration for many in the profession. CDA recognizes that participating as a contracted plan provider is a decision that can only be made by individual dentists based on what is best for their patients and their practice.

This article will assist you with the implementation of plan withdrawal and provides sample letters for use in your practice.

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The 2013 CDT codes are now available through the ADA Catalog at www.adacatalog.org. This blog will provide an overview of the code revisions however the CDT Guide will provide the detailed information.    Read more >>
CDA received several calls the past two days regarding policy changes announced by United Concordia in a faxed communication to United Concordia providers dated October 10, 2012.    Read more >>
CDA has received separate reports from two different regions of the state over the past two weeks claiming that Delta Dental, in its efforts to build-up its PPO network, will be requiring currently contracted Premier dentists to sign with the PPO network, and will be terminating existing Premier contracts in the near future. CDA has, in both cases, raised these reports with Delta Dental and in both cases, Delta has responded that the reports are erroneous rumors.    Read more >>
We have received inquires from CDA members asking about Delta Premier and PPO provider contracts and when they apply and when they do not. I received an inquiry today from a general dentist in location “A” planning on opening a practice in location “B” in another city.    Read more >>
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