I started in an OMS practice last year and it is a completely different animal! OMS doctors frequently use both medical and dental codes and you have to learn how to convert from one to the other. I have been lucky enough to have a co-worker who doesn't do coding but has worked in the billing area long enough to understand how some things work. I would be happy to help with whatever questions I can but remember, I am also relatively new to this field. Here are a couple of resources that can help you, I think:
www.aaoms.org - American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. I just finished an online course through them for Advanced Coding that was intense and informative. They also offer a Basic Coding online course and several workshops at seminars throughout the nation all year long including a Beyond the Basics workshop. The website also has lots of information about OMS.
In addition to your regular coding books, I suggest you invest in a CDT (current dental terminology) book if you do not have one. Also, Ingenix publishes a coding guide to dental services that helps you convert basic codes from dental to medical. They also have an OMS guide, but I bought it last year and found it to be totally useless for my purposes. That guide might be helpful for you, though, since it gives detailed descriptions of OMS procedures and your OMS surgeon is not staff friendly (mine are, usually ). However, the OMS guide does not convert codes.
I keep hoping that AAPC will add a forum just for OMS coders and/or seminars as I am always interested in hearing how other practices handle the same situations I see. There are at least four or five of us on these boards and it is difficult to find information for OMS on other sites. (Sorry! )
Hope this information helps out a bit! Good luck!
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