Cracking the Code

Patti DiGangi, RDH, Cracking the Code
Speaker: Patti DiGangi, RDH
Category: Periodontics
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: PDF
This course explores how current dental terminology (CDT) code gaps have contributed to a delay in therapeutic care of early periodontal disease, recognition of its medical relevance, and the commun...more
  • Released: 9/1/2017
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2025
  • Review Date: 6/30/2022
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 490.

There is no fee to view this course. There is a fee of $36 to take the exam and claim CE credits for this course.

This course explores how current dental terminology (CDT) code gaps have contributed to a delay in therapeutic care of early periodontal disease, recognition of its medical relevance, and the communication between dental and medical professionals. With more than 29 million Americans living with diabetes and 86 million people living with prediabetes, codes for chairside HbA1c testing, treatment of gingival inflammation and teledentistry have the potential to significantly improve interdisciplinary health care.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Recognize the influence of CDT coding in dental practices.
  • Identify the tridirectional relationship with oral disease.
  • Categorize the decade's trends in periodontics to understand the influence on behavior patterns and code sets.
  • Demonstrate how teledentistry can increase access to care and practice revenue.
  • Consider strategic thinking, step-by-step planning and small daily choices and their impact on outcomes.
Description of Speaker:
Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, is an international speaker who works with dental professionals to improve practice profitability. Her work helps dental professionals embrace the opportunities and understand the metrics that accurate insurance coding provides. The ADA recognized her expertise by inviting her to write a chapter in its CDT 2017 Companion book and again for CDT 2018 Companion. She holds publishing and speaking licenses with ADA for Current Dental Terminology 2017 and a license for SNODENT 2017 diagnostic coding. She is the author of the DentalCodeology series. DiGangi can be reached at

In the past 12 months, the author (or an immediate family member) has had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: Air Techniques, Crown Seating, Curaprox, Dentsply Sirona, DentalPost, GC America, MouthWatch, ACTEON. OraVital, pH2OH, Phocal, Solution Reach, Voco, Xlear, Triology, Young Dental, and DentalCodeology.

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This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.

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