The ADA has created a great weblink for you to learn more about implementing TELE-DENTISTRY to communicate with your patients during this Pandemic Crisis, and it’s not as hard as you think to get started. Follow the link that includes, TELE-DENTISTRY: COVID-19 Coding and Billing Guidance.
(D9995 and D9996 – ADA Guide to Understanding and Documenting Tele-Dentistry Events).
To get started with Tele-Dentistry for your patients, implement these 3 steps:
1. Use an iPhone / Facetime or any software that has to have audio and video capabilities that appropriate for virtual evaluations. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will not impose penalties for HIPAA noncompliance against health care providers that serve patients in good faith through certain everyday communications technologies. Providers are encouraged to notify patients that these third-party applications potentially introduce privacy risks, and providers should enable all available encryption and privacy modes when using such applications. •DO NOT USE public-facing technologies (examples): Facebook Live, Twitch, and TikTok.•CAN USE (examples): Apple FaceTime or Skype, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangouts video. Read the ADA Link for more details…
2. Track your Billing codes within your Patient software. Make sure to interface with your IT provider to ensure that you can make proper entries in your Insurance and Billing Software accounts.
3. Make Patient Note entries in your patient software charts.
Changing the way, you practice dentistry the course of a month is not easy! The ADA has created some great links for Dentists to make this transition quickly.
While our “hands-on” ability to treat is limited at this time, the Tele-Dentistry Platform is a way to use “high-touch” and keep in touch with patients in need during this delicate time.
Home-bound dental professionals may also want to use this time wisely to “brush-up” on new emerging infection control guidelines for COVID-19 for when you return to full practice.
Should you need guidance on these updates, please feel free to tour our website or call us directly for a consultation. We are happy to give you the skinny on the Best Tools for Practice Preparedness when you return to work.
If you simply need clarification on any OSHA or Infection Control related topics, we are definitely here to support your success during this delicate time.
Jill Obrochta RDH BS, Founder
OSHA & HIPAA made EASY™
Dental Enhancements, Inc.