The Value of Enhanced Coding in Care and Benefit Decision Making

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Includes a Live Web Event on 08/13/2024 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

This webinar is a NADP Member Briefing and only available for NADP Members.

As we are well aware, dentistry has fallen behind our medical colleagues in the use of coding tools.  Specifically, medicine has been able to combine (and now apply AI) to the combination of diagnostic codes with the procedures provided for a patient, literally beginning to understand why (diagnostic code) a clinician did what (the procedures provided for the patient).

This seemingly simple idea has largely eluded our profession to date.  Our medical colleagues have successfully used this to develop much improved care guidelines, and improved decision support tools to assist in more efficient workflows and improved patient outcomes.

This presentation will cover how dentistry fell behind, the many advantages of enhanced coding and how the profession might move forward to improve outcomes for patients. 

Dr. Linda Vidone

Chief Clinical Officer & Vice President of Clinical Management

Delta Dental of Massachusetts

Linda Vidone, DMD, is Delta Dental of Massachusetts's (DDMA) chief clinical officer and vice president of clinical management. She has 20 years of dental experience in clinical private practice, dental school faculty, and the dental benefits industry. She is responsible for all clinical programs at DDMA, which include dental/medical integration, utilization review, and management, oral health analytics, benefit criteria, clinical and contractual appeal review, and sets standards for quality care, confirming that DDMA maintains a quality network of providers.  She continuously stays abreast of innovations in oral health, ensuring that DDMA continues to enhance and provide the best dental benefits to its customers. Dr. Vidone is a liaison to the National Scientific Committee and Policy Committee for Delta Dental Plans Association.

Dr. Vidone is a hands-on leader in the dental insurance industry. Beyond her work with DDMA, she is the immediate past president and chair of the American Association of Dental Consultants Certification and Program Committees. She is the chairperson of the National Association of Dental Terminology workgroup, a voting member of the American Dental Association’s Code Maintenance Committee, representing American Health Insurance, and a voting member of the Dental Quality Alliance and serving on their educational committee.  She holds membership with the American Dental Association and American Academy of Periodontology, National Healthcare Fraud Association, and New England Dental Society. She lectures nationally on Dental insurance, Claim coding, Opioid Epidemic in Dentistry, and Quality in Oral Health.

She received her DMD and advanced certificates in Prosthetics and Periodontology at Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Providence College. She maintains a private practice in Periodontology in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Dr. Mark Jurkovich

Research Investigator

HealthPartners Institute

Mark W. Jurkovich, BS, DDS, MBA, MHI, MAGD, is a research investigator at the HealthPartners Institute in Bloomington, MN.  He provided direct patient care in various private practice formats for 38 years. Dr. Jurkovich currently works in quality measures, terminology development, information exchange, standards development, and data analytics, focusing on the dental field. He was the primary editor for the recent ADA Standards Committee Whitepaper on Augmented Intelligence in Dental Imaging. Dr. Jurkovich is the voting representative for the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) on the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA). He is vice chair of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) oversight committee of the Standards Committee on Dental Informatics.  Dr. Jurkovich is chair of the ANSI SNODENT Maintenance Committee and lead for the SNOMED International Dental CRG. Additionally, he has served as the CDO for 3 different care systems, two of which were early users of value-based payment formats.


The Value of Enhanced Coding in Care and Benefit Decision-Making
Live event: 08/13/2024 at 1:00 PM (CDT) You must register to access.