Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Understanding Treatment Flag Options, Part 2


When setting up new procedure codes, or when customizing those that already exist, one of the options you can select is that of Treatment Flags. Last week's tip talked about the Difficult Procedure option, this week we'll talk about the Condition option.  

First, access the Procedure Code Editor from the Office Manager > Maintenance > Practice Setup > Procedure Code Setup. Then, under the ADA-CDT Codes tab, select a Procedure Category and an individual procedure code and click Edit. The Procedure Code Editor dialog box appears.



In the Treatment Flags section of the dialog box, you'll see four options. The second option is Condition. What happens when you make this selection?

By selecting Condition, you are able to use procedure codes to indicate the state of a patient's mouth. Dentrix automatically flags procedures 15000-15115 as conditions, but you can add additional conditions as needed.  

However, when procedures are marked as conditions, you are indicating that the code should only be used as a clinical notation. As a result, condition codes don't show in the Ledger. Conditions are not subject to fees, and are not billable to insurance.

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