New Code D4355: Stop Losing Money on Dental Hygiene Services

Length: 90 Minutes Expert: Kathy S. Forbes, RDH, BS, FADHA CEU: 1.5

You may think that dental coding for hygiene services is easy. Well, think again.

Unless every single person in your practice is involved in the dental coding and billing for your hygiene services, from your dental hygienist to your practice manager, and has a mastery of the related code descriptors and their usage requirements – YOU ARE LOSING MONEY.

IMPORTANT: To make things even more difficult, effective Jan. 1, 2023, you’ll also need to master significant changes to code D4355 for full mouth debridement. Auditors are paying special attention to how you apply D4355, because of its history of being billed incorrectly. Even an innocent mistake can lead to allegations of fraud and significant penalties.

To make sure your practice is paid everything it’s due for dental hygiene services, your entire team must closely comply with the nuances of each related procedure code (including documentation requirements). As confusing as this process can be, there is help available.

This is where dental hygienist and practice management educator, Kathy S. Forbes, RDH, BS, can help. During her 90-minute online training session, Kathy will walk you through exactly how to get paid more of what you deserve for the services performed by your dental hygienists. You’ll receive actionable advice on how to improve hygienist dental coding accuracy, implement audit-proof documentation guidelines, and improve the overall reimbursement your practice receives.

Here are just a few of the dental coding strategies for hygiene services you’ll receive by attending this 90-minute online training:

  • Comply with CDT 2023 code changes to D4355descriptor & requirements
  • Choose correct “cleaning” code from 7 confusing options
  • Audit proof charts with must-have hygiene services documentation language
  • Better match procedures w/ American Academy of Periodontology disease classifications
  • Avoid common coding mistakes for periodontal maintenance (D4910)
  • Head off hygiene reimbursement miscommunications to collect more from patients
  • And so much more…

Your hygiene services should bring in between 25% to 35% of your overall practice revenue. If not, you are leaving uncollected reimbursement on the table. You can take back control of your dental coding hygiene reimbursement by attending this upcoming online training. During this online training, you’ll receive actionable steps to help you improve the accuracy of dental coding for your hygiene procedures, reduce denials, and collect more of what you are due.

Don’t wait, register for this 90-minute online training today!

Meet Your Expert

Kathy S. Forbes
RDH, BS, FADHAPresident, Professional Dental Seminars, Inc

Kathy has been a dental hygienist, educator, speaker, author, consultant, seminar, and study club leader for over 40 years.  She speaks frequently about the correct classification, documentation, treatment planning, and CDT procedure code selection for patients receiving dental hygiene treatment. In addition, she holds a license with the ADA for Current Dental Terminology© which allows her to provide the most up-to-date understanding of current procedure codes.

She has authored articles for RDH Magazine, Dentistry Today, and other publications specifically addressing dental hygiene treatment planning and correct CDT procedure code selection. Her national engagements include presentations to the American Dental Association, ADHA Center for Lifelong Learning, RDH Under One Roof, and the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference.

Kathy’s most recent honors include being selected as a recipient of the 2023 Sunstar RDH Achievement of Distinction in the category of Entrepreneurship and being selected as a member of the inaugural class of Fellows for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

She currently serves as a Director for the DentalCodeology™ Consortium, reviewing and developing procedure codes relevant to dental hygiene practice and providing testimony to the Code Maintenance Committee of the American Dental Association each year.

For more information on Kathy, Please click on this link to visit her website.