Patti DiGangi, RDH and Christine Taxin Collaborate on Second Installment of DentalCodeology Mini-Book Series
Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 03 June 2014 07:58
Addison, IL – May 30, 2014 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently collaborated with dental industry insurance coding expert Christine Taxin on the second installment of DiGangi’s continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series.
DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding, pocket-size book is a follow-up to DentalCodeology: More than Pocket Change, which was introduced at the 2013 RDH Under One Roof Meeting. The DentalCodeology book series is designed to be on the front lines of patient care, whether in its hardcopy, pocket-sized book, or the downloadable digital version for smartphones.
The focus of the latest booklet is determining dental-medical necessity that can profitability be used immediately for cross-coding which will soon become a necessity with the rapid emergence of electronic health records (EHR) and the increased scientific validation of oral-systemic health links.
According to Patti DiGangi, “EHR is not on the distant horizon – it is here today! It’s the technology platform that will enable dentists, physicians and other healthcare professionals to effectively share information and closely collaborate to provide optimal patient care. As dentistry moves from a treatment-centered model to a diagnostic-centered model, consistent and accurate coding will be vital to ensure interoperability with the rest of healthcare industry.”
“If EHR is the communications network, then insurance coding is the language used between its healthcare provider points,” explained Christine Taxin. “The entire dental team needs to achieve dental and medical cross-coding proficiency in order to communicate and collaborate effectively with their medical colleagues for the benefit of their mutual patients.”
DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding not only provides the basics of dental-medical cross-coding, it also demonstrates how to use it to develop effective letters for explaining the medical necessity of dental treatment, forging closer working relationships with physicians and expediting insurance reimbursement.
In addition to their book collaboration, DiGangi and Taxin have developed corresponding 1and 2 day workshops and webinars for DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding. The two thought leaders will also be conducting a book signing at the upcoming Speaking and Consulting Network Meeting on June 5th-7th in Tampa Bay Florida.
DiGangi will continue her DentalCodeology series with What’s the Evidence and How to Say It with Liz Neis, Behind the Coding Curtain with Teresa Duncan and Oral-Systemic Reality Coding. The books will also have a corresponding web seminar component as well.