Florida Dental Convention

FDC2021 Session Directory

Optimize Your Practice: Understanding Dental Benefits, the CDT Code and More

Course Code: C58
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Bulnes, DMD
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 2:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Dental Student


This lecture will introduce attendees to several factors that influence a dental benefit plan’s reimbursement for dental services provided. These factors include benefit plan limitations and exclusions, participating provider contracts, effective appeal of denied claims, and, of course, proper, accurate and consistent CDT coding on patient records and claims. Commentary on the changing face of dental care financing and what to look for when considering becoming a network dentist also will be featured.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • understand why dental plan provisions limit reimbursement for services.
  • select appropriate codes for accurate and error-free claim submissions.
  • identify payer CDT code misuse and appeal adjudication decisions.

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Bulnes, DMD

About the speaker: Dental degree and certificate in advanced education of general dentistry, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine; vice chair, Council on Dental Benefit Programs, American Dental Association; trustee, Florida Dental Association; private practice, Tampa, FL.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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