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Billing for dental exams when the dentist isn't in the office - don't do it

by Christopher Moore, MA - ODA Director of Dental Services
11/30/-0001
ODA Today

The Ohio Dental Association has received a number of calls recently from dental practices asking if they could submit claims to third-party payers for an exam when the dentist is not physically present in the office at the time of the patient's visit. The callers reported they had either been told it was acceptable to bill for an exam in this type of situation or that they had developed a rationale that they thought justified…

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