Dr. Salierno received his B.S. from Muhlenberg College and his D.D.S. from SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He completed his formal training at Stony Brook Hospital’s General Practice Residency program where he focused on implant prosthetics. Dr. Salierno advocates on all levels of the American Dental Association tripartite and serves as co-editor of <a href="http://www.surgicalrestorative.com/index.html">The Surgical-Restorative Resource</a>, a website and e-newsletter dedicated to the team approach to complex care. He has presented numerous resources for dentists including lectures, articles, podcasts, and webcasts. He lectures internationally on clinical dentistry, practice management, and leadership development.

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Hygiene Codes to Maximize Insurance Benefits

Picture this: your hygienist has a full day of patients. A couple of S/RPs, a couple of new patients, and some nice recalls. Ahh… it’s a beautiful thing.

But wait! What’s that I see here? She hasn’t been using the correct CDT codes for her procedures. Oh no! Poor coding is about more than just lost revenue; it can lead to benefit claims bouncing back and over- or under-treatment.

We should periodically sit down with our hygiene teams and discuss treatment philosophies, like when to refer to a periodontist or how often a full mouth probing should be done. A super important part of this conversation is which codes can be used and when.

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