Dental Benefits 101
You will receive 1 unit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The registration fee is only $38.00
This course provides basic information on the various types of dental benefit programs in the marketplace including cost containment measures used by these plans.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
- Understand the differences between paid premium and self-funded dental plans
- Compare and contrast the various types of managed care plans in the marketplace
- Recognize the various types of plan designs that may present at your office
- Understand the differences between Medicaid and Medicare dental coverage
- Discuss various cost containment measures utilized by dental benefit plans
- Identify the most common types of coordination of benefits
- Describe several of the many payment challenges faced by out-of-network dentists
The American Dental Association has recognized the need to educate dentists and dental offices on the proper terminology that is being used today in the world of dental benefits. With the onslaught of new consumer-directed employee benefit plans and patients presenting at dental offices with these types of plans, it is important to disseminate information that can make it easier for dental offices to know how to properly handle patients with these types of plans. The goal of this course is to educate dentists on the various types of dental plans in the marketplace and how these plans can affect their patients. This includes a discussion of the various cost containment measures used by dental plans to control costs. After completing this course, dentists should have a better understanding of the terminology and mechanics used in dental benefit programs including the payment challenges faced by non-participating dentists.
- “What Every Dentist Should Know Before Signing a Dental Provider Contract”, American Dental Association
- ADA’s Understanding Your Dental Benefits, 2009, page 4.
- Accessed from http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicaidDentalCoverage/, September 23, 2009
- Accessed from http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareDentalCoverage/, September 23, 2009
- Accessed from http://www.medicare.gov/choices/advantage.asp, January 11, 2010
- Accessed from http://www.irs.gov/govt/fslg/article/0,,id=112720,00.html#1, September 16, 2009
- Accessed from http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/public-affairs/hsa/faq_basics.shtml, September 29, 2009
- Accessed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexible_spending_account, September 23, 2009
- ADA News, ADA/NADP share views on bundling and downcoding, June 20, 2007
Published date 2010-2013
American Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.