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Transmittal 20-23 Billing for Teledentistry Encounters

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The purpose of this transmittal is to inform all Medicaid dental providers of the process to bill for teledentistry for DC Medicaid beneficiaries. The Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) is committed to ensuring DC Medicaid beneficiaries have access to oral health services during the COVID-19 public health emergency and services provided via telemedicine. As a supplement to recent telemedicine guidance, DHCF is updating its guidance to inform dental providers how they should bill for services provided via teledentistry. DHCF will allow the enrolled dental providers to provide oral health assessments, to triage beneficiaries, and to disseminate oral health education to beneficiaries at a remote location. Additionally, it will allow dental providers to utilize innovative methods to determine if the beneficiary’s assessment requires urgent or emergent care.