Cross-Walking – A Guide Through The Crosswalk of Dental to Medical Coding
This manual provides the information that insurance coders will need if they are to begin filing dental procedures with medical carriers. With the growing documentation of the relationship between oral health and overall body health, there will be increased demand for filing medical claims within dental practices in the near future. At present, dental practices can already be filing medical claims for the following: trauma procedures, many surgical dental procedures, medically necessary perio and implant procedures, TMD procedures, sleep apnea appliances, medically necessary exams and x-rays, and oral cancer screenings. In addition, an increasing number of dental carriers are denying claims for certain procedures stating that the procedures must be filed with the patient's medical plan first. Therefore, dental practices should be prepared, now, to file these medical claims.