Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Dental Hygiene Thought Leader Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS Publishes Useful Pocket Guide for Correct Periodontal Coding
DentalCodeology: More than Pocket Change Debuts in Print and Digital Formats
Addison, IL – July 10, 2013 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently published a dental insurance coding guide entitled, DentalCodeology: More than Pocket Change.
“This book is intended to be used by the entire dental team, including hygienists, dentists and office managers,” explained DiGangi. It is intended to answer any questions regarding proper periodontal care CDT coding by the dental hygiene department in a general dental practice, which should result in better patient outcomes and expedited insurance reimbursement.”
“DentalCodeology is not a reference book that will collect dust on a shelf,” DiGangi adds. “It’s designed to be on the front lines of patient care, whether in its hardcopy, pocket-sized booklet, or the downloadable digital version for smartphones.”
As part of her book launch, Ms. DiGangi is significantly reducing her $16.95 retail price. “For every book purchased at the discounted price of $12.00, I will also give the digital version for free,” explains DiGangi. “Buy two print books for $20.00, and you can share one print copy and one digital copy. My hope is that the hygienists who are attending RDH Under One Roof will share a copy with their colleagues who weren’t able to make the event.”
DentalCodeology: More than Pocket Change is the first book of a series designed to guide dental clinicians into the coding and electronic health records world. 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.”
The book covers four of the twelve sections of CDT code related to periodontal care, including:
•D0100 - 0999 I. Diagnosis
•D1000 - 0199 II Preventative
•D4000 - 0499 V. Periodontics
•D9000 - 9999 XII Adjunctive Services
DiGangi’s other upcoming books on dental insurance coding will include: DentalCodeology: Diagnostic Coding & Medical Necessity co-written with Christine Taxin fall 2013, followed by DentalCodeology: CAMBRA and DentalCodeology: Oral Cancer in 2014. The books will also have a corresponding web seminar component as well.
For more information and to order, visit www.DentalCodeology.com. Follow DentalCodeologyon Facebook. Inquire about bulk discount pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations by contacting sales@DentalCodeology.com.
About Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
Patti DiGangi is a futurist finding strength and direction from her inner convictions. Her energetic, thought provoking and successful program development shines a bright light for others to preview the future and find their place in it. As a still practicing clinician, she brings experience and news-you-can-use to her work. Patti is a National Speaker’s Association Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) candidate and a key opinion leader for multiple manufacturers. Patti is a certified Health Information Technology trainer and a member of the American Health Information Management Association and the Dental Software Advisor advisory board taking an active role in our shaping the changes in our electronic world. Patti holds a publishing license with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology and is an ADA Evidence Based Champion. Most recently, Patti is the recipient of the 2013 Sonicare Mentor of Distinction of Award and the author of the “DentalCodeology” series of mini books on correct CDT coding for the general practice dental team.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
COSMEDENT INTRODUCES A NEW TEMPORARY CROWN & BRIDGE MATERIAL Featuring Faster Working & Setting Times
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Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT) announced the findings from two key presentations last week at the 60th Congress of the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
In the first study, lesion depth of natural caries was correlated with the readings from The Canary System, DIAGNOdent (DD), and the ICDAS II (a visual ranking system). Using polarized light microscopy to examine the tooth samples, investigators found that the Canary Numbers produced a more accurate correlation with lesion depth than either the DD or ICDAS II. This strong correlation may be explained by the ability of The Canary System to measure changes in the crystal structure of the tooth. In contrast, other caries detection devices rely on fluorescence technology. Fluorescence can detect the presence of bacterial porphyrins but is not capable of identifying changes in tooth crystal structure.
“With an overall Pearson’s Correlation coefficient of 0.84, The Canary System can be a great tool to aid dental professionals in the diagnosis of caries and estimation of lesion depth”, said Dr. Bennett Amaechi, Professor and Director of Cariology at the University of Texas San Antonio. “This is a very exciting development in dentistry and in the management of tooth decay”.
In the second study, the energy conversion technology PTR-LUM that powers The Canary System enabled investigators to accurately detect caries around the intact margins of ceramic crown restorations. In contrast, most of the DIAGNOdent readings did not reveal the presence of tooth decay. This study showed that The Canary System may be a valuable addition to conventional methods for detecting tooth decay that develops around ceramic crowns.
“The Canary System now provides dentists with the ability to detect tooth decay beneath the edges of fillings, crowns and bridges; one of the most common conditions that lead to the clinical failure of these restorations”, said Dr. Stephen Abrams, co-founder of Quantum Dental Technologies. “Early detection of tooth decay, before it is seen on an x-ray or detected with visual inspection, means that dentists can treat problems before the decay has destroyed significant amounts of tooth structure”.
The Canary System is a low-powered laser-based device that uses a novel combination of heat and light to directly examine the crystal structure of teeth. The Canary System can detect, map and monitor carious lesions on any tooth surface earlier and more accurately than other existing modalities.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
For the gal's out there who enjoy the blog, this one is for you!
The device shown above is a pretty cool looking (sorry, I'm a guy after all) accessory that also doubles as a way to keep up with what's happening when someone calls your mobile phone.
This Bluetooth enabled device has a black screen which discreetly shows the name or phone number of the caller when your mobile rings. The black screen simply looks like part of the bracelet, but in actuality it is a 128 x 32 pixel OLED display with the size of 14 mm x 35mm's.
While it is handy to know who is calling without having to look at your phone, this nifty little device does more than that. It also functions as a Bluetooth enabled hands-free device. So, instead of having a Bluetooth earbud ladies can now use a stylish bracelet instead. The device has a built-in microphone as well as a speaker. The only drawback in my opinion would be the fact that when others are around they came here both sides of the conversation. However in a situation such as being in your car, this could be a really great solution.
It also has a nice feature that prevents you from walking away and leaving your phone behind. Whenever you and your phone are more than 16 feet apart the device vibrates warning you.
I frequently see ladies digging frantically through their purse desperately trying to find a ringing mobile phone. This device seems like the perfect answer for those types of situations. Not only can you answer your phone without digging through your purse, you can also know who's calling and decide whether to take the call or not.
The device charges in 2 hours and has 72 hours of standby time.
The retail price is $109.99 and is available at the Sky Mall website. If you think this might be for you click here to go to the page order.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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I've written here before about the shrinking market for PCs as smart phones and tablets continue to take more and more of the market.
Now comes word that computer maker Dell is “exploring” the market of wearable computing.
Obviously as PC sales continue to go down, Dell is looking for a way to increase sales and to help offset the decreasing market for PCs.
Google Glass has made a lot of folks really stop to consider the idea of a device worn on the body that can connect and communicate in real-time.
While Dell has made no statement regarding what kind of hardware they would be looking at, the idea that they are considering a move to wearable devices shows that the company feels that's where the market is headed.
There will obviously be lots of growing pains as these devices hit the market as no one really knows the repercussions of devices such as this. However, I certainly feel that at some point in time this will be a major part of the technology market.