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Dental Billing and Coding Course

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  • Includes online self-paced instruction course

$249 for members

($399 for non-members)

Dental training with dental books
  • Self-paced training course

  • CDT Coding Companion

  • CDT Terminology

$449.99 for members

($614.90 for non-members)

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Dental training with all books
  • Self-paced training course

  • ICD-10-CM

  • CPT Professional

  • CDT Coding Companion

  • CDT Terminology

$599.00 for members

($849.84 for non-members)

The Dental Billing and Coding Course teaches the principles of dental coding, medical cross coding, and billing for dental services.  

Throughout the course, you’ll receive all the training needed to master the CDT®, CPT®, ICD-10- CM, and HCPCS Level II code sets. You’ll also develop a thorough understanding of claims processing and documentation requirements relevant to dental billing practices so you can accurately code procedures, submit claims promptly, and maintain thorough documentation.  

Education and experience requirements

Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy recommended. 

Continuing education units (CEUs)

13 CEUs awarded upon completion (one-time use only).

Required books

  • CDT® Dental Procedure Codes (current year), ADA publisher

  • CDT Coding Companion (current year), ADA publisher

  • CPT® Professional Edition code book (current year), AMA publisher

  • ICD-10-CM code book (current year), any publisher

  • Dental Billing and Coding (PDF; included with course)

Course format

This is an online self-paced instruction course. You get the flexibility to complete the course on your own time, at your own pace with on-demand training. Get the help you need from the certified coaching team at any point in your training via email.

Certificate of completion

Certificate issued upon completion with a 70% passing score.

Who should take this course?

Our online Dental Billing and Coding Course is recommended for anyone preparing for a career in a dental office:

  • Dental coders and students preparing for a career in dental billing and coding who need reliable coding skills. Dental coders must be able to understand clinical documentation to correctly assign CDT®, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes to billable services performed in the dentist office.

  • Dental billers responsible for pre-certification need both coding and payer contract knowledge. Without a solid foundation in these areas, it’s difficult to provide the correct codes when contacting the insurance company to contest a denial.

  • Medical coders interested in working in dentistry require specialized training to understand Current Dental Terminology (CDT)® and how to cross code for dental and medical payers.

  • Dental hygienists and dental assistants who perform billable services such as prophylaxis, venipuncture, injections, X-rays, and lab services should take this training to learn the latest documentation guidelines and help keep their claims on track for full reimbursement.

  • Dentists are ultimately responsible for documentation of dental and medical services, which means they have the biggest impact on coding and billing and practice revenue. Dentists who understand documentation and coding requirements can boost their bottom line.

Course objectives

  • Identify the purpose of the CDT®, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code books

  • Understand and apply the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting related to conditions seen in dentistry

  • Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes

  • Identify and define the CDT® categories of service

  • Explain and contrast the dental and medical billing and revenue cycle process

  • Assign codes for dental services using CDT®, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes

  • Identify basic dental and oral cavity anatomy

  • Apply dental terminology and universal tooth numbering system

  • Understand the fundamentals of dental insurance and billing procedures 

  • Know how to ensure accurate coding and thorough documentation of a patient's condition and treatment plan to support the medical necessity of dental services 

  • Understand compliance and ethical considerations in dental billing 

Course content

  • Dental-related anatomy and medical terminology

  • Overview of ICD-10-CM coding for dental conditions as well as other conditions seen in dentistry

  • Overview of dental conditions related to neoplasms and the digestive system

  • Introduction to CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and modifiers

  • CDT® coding by section

  • Billing and revenue cycle

  • Claim forms

  • Cross coding

  • Overview of sleep apnea, TMJ, tissue abnormalities, and third molar extractions

  • Final assessment

Dental billing and coding FAQs

What do dental coders do?

Dental coders review clinical documentation and ensure that appropriate CDT®, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes are assigned to all billable services performed by the dentist.

What do dental billers do?

Dental billers are responsible for creating claims based on the provided codes, submitting claims to the insurance company, and following up on claims to make sure the practice receives the correct reimbursement for dental services rendered.

Both dental billers and coders need to understand the difference in submission and processing guidelines between respective insurance companies (i.e. dental carriers vs. medical carriers and commercial payers vs. government payers).

What does CDT stand for?

CDT® stands for Current Dental Terminology. In August 2000, CDT® was designated by the federal government as the national code set for reporting dental services on claims submitted to third-party payers, in accordance with authority granted by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The American Dental Association (ADA) created the CDT® code set and, as the owner of the copyright to CDT®, makes all decisions regarding dental code revisions, deletions, and additions. The ADA updates the code set annually.

Payment from third-party payers to dental providers is based on CDT® codes and reported on the 2019 ADA claim form. Reported codes must be current to maintain compliance with HIPAA and to receive reimbursement.

Do dental claims require ICD-10 diagnosis codes?

Not all dental insurance carriers require ICD-10-CM codes. An increasing number of dental payers, including Medicaid dental programs, are requiring diagnosis codes on claims, however.

Do you need ICD-10-CM training to work as a medical coder and biller for a dental practice?

Reporting ICD-10-CM codes appropriately requires knowledge of ICD-10-CM coding. Dental coders must understand all coding guidelines, in addition to the conventions to select diagnosis codes accurately.

Among more than 73,000 codes in the ICD-10-CM code book, roughly 750 directly apply to dentistry. These codes provide the ability to capture descriptive information for various types of patient encounters and clinical conditions.

What is cross coding?

Cross coding is a term for billing medical insurance for dental services. A patient can have dental services, diagnosed as medically necessary, billed to their medical insurance plan. With medical carriers increasing their dental related coverages, cross coding and billing for dental services is becoming commonplace.

Coding and billing staff should be trained in medical and dental coding. A biller cannot effectively appeal denials without a working knowledge of CDT®, CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II guidelines. Additionally, understanding bundling issues and knowledge of proper documentation requirements are essential to ensure billing compliance.

What are the areas of specialty in dentistry?

  • Dental Public Health: Dental public health works to prevent and control dental diseases while promoting dental health through public advocacy.

  • Endodontics: Endodontics is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of conditions of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: Oral pathology is the identification, diagnosis, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. This specialty researches oral disease etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment outcomes

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: Oral and maxillofacial radiology is the discipline of radiology ordering and interpretation of radiologic images for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the oral region.

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Oral and maxillofacial surgery involves diagnosis, surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics includes the diagnosis, prevention and modification of malocclusions, neuromuscular, and skeletal abnormalities of the orofacial structures.

  • Pediatric Dentistry: Pediatric Dentistry provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral healthcare for infants through adolescence.

  • Periodontics: Periodontics includes the health, maintenance, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the supporting structures and surrounding tissues in the oral region.

  • Prosthodontics: Prosthodontics pertains to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and maintenance associated with missing or deficient teeth and oral and maxillofacial tissues using dental prosthesis.

Course terms and conditions

By purchasing any online course and other items, I certify that I have read and agree to the online course terms and conditions and the refund policy.

Date of purchase is considered your course start date, additional time will be given for processing of your order. After your order is processed, you will receive further email instruction for course access.

This online course must be completed within a 1-year period or less from date of purchase. Additional time extensions may be purchased for a monthly fee. Date of purchase is considered your course start date. After your order is processed you will receive further email instruction on course access.

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