Medi-Cal has coverage/reimbursement information and reporting requirements within their current copy of the Medi-Cal Dental Program Provider Handbook; see the section on Teledentistry found on page 4-14. In addition, on March 17, 2020, California requested a Federal government waiver to cover Medi-Cal recipients and expand telehealth options.
Properly document and chart any telehealth appointments, either electronically or by some other means, to ensure this information is added to the patient’s dental chart.
Getting started with telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, including CDT codes and where to find detailed guidance.
Information on Schedule II prescriptions/prescribing controlled substances for emergency patients.
I want to help my family and friends who are sheltering in place by prescribing medication they need. Is that okay to do?
Any prescription written by a dentist must be in conjunction with dental treatment provided by the dentist and documented in the patient’s record. A pharmacist may question a prescription that appears to be written for personal or family use or is unrelated to treatment the dentist has provided.
The landscape for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine continues to move quickly, and there are still many unknowns and changes taking place. Here, find the latest information dentists need to know.
California’s recent waiver allowing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines is generating publicity with numerous local news outlets across the state. The news comes after the Department of Consumer Affairs on Jan. 4 approved a public health emergency waiver that will allow dentists to help with the state’s vaccination efforts.