Delta Dental covering interim therapeutic restorations
Late last week Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana (Delta Dental) continued its response in addressing COVID-19 by announcing its interim coverage of interim therapeutic restorations (ITRs). The Ohio Dental Association had requested that Delta Dental cover ITRs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delta Dental is now providing reimbursement for the D2941 (interim therapeutic restoration – primary dentition) procedure code. Once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, a definitive restoration can then be placed without financial penalty to the dentist or patient.
Prior to this interim change, Delta Dental would not have reimbursed for a D2941 if a permanent restoration was completed within 24 months.
For permanent teeth, Delta Dental advises dentists to continue using the D2940 (protective restoration) procedure code with the same rationale for treatment.
In making its announcement Delta Dental noted guidance and concerns that have been issued by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Dental Association relative to the transmission of COVID-19.
“We commend Delta Dental on this decision and for its fast turnaround in going from initial discussions about ITR coverage to actual implementation of the idea in less than one week’s time,” said Dr. Manny Chopra, chairman of Ohio Dental Association Council on Dental Care Programs and Dental Practice.