Monday, June 02, 2014

Patti DiGangi, RDH and Christine Taxin Collaborate on Second Installment of DentalCodeology Mini-Book Series

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DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding
Now Available BOGO with both Print and Digital formats

Addison, IL – May 30, 2014 –  Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently collaborated with dental industry insurance coding expert Christine Taxin on the second installment of DiGangi’s continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series.

DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding, pocket-size book is a follow-up to DentalCodeology: More than Pocket Change, which was introduced at the 2013 RDH Under One Roof Meeting. The DentalCodeology book series is designed to be on the front lines of patient care, whether in its hardcopy, pocket-sized book, or the downloadable digital version for smartphones.

The focus of the latest booklet is determining dental-medical necessity that can profitability be used immediately for cross-coding which will soon become a necessity with the rapid emergence of electronic health records (EHR) and the increased scientific validation of oral-systemic health links.

According to Patti DiGangi, “EHR is not on the distant horizon – it is here today! It’s the technology platform that will enable dentists, physicians and other healthcare professionals to effectively share information and closely collaborate to provide optimal patient care. 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.”

 “If EHR is the communications network, then insurance coding is the language used between its healthcare provider points,” explained Christine Taxin. “The entire dental team needs to achieve dental and medical cross-coding proficiency in order to communicate and collaborate effectively with their medical colleagues for the benefit of their mutual patients.”

DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding not only provides the basics of dental-medical cross-coding, it also demonstrates how to use it to develop effective letters for explaining the medical necessity of dental treatment, forging closer working relationships with physicians and expediting insurance reimbursement.

In addition to their book collaboration, DiGangi and Taxin have developed corresponding 1and 2 day workshops and webinars for DentalCodeology: Jump Start Diagnostic Coding. The two thought leaders will also be conducting a book signing at the upcoming Speaking and Consulting Network Meeting on June 5th-7th in Tampa Bay Florida.

DiGangi will continue her DentalCodeology series with What’s the Evidence and How to Say It with Liz Neis, Behind the Coding Curtain with Teresa Duncan and Oral-Systemic Reality Coding. The books will also have a corresponding web seminar component as well. 

For more information and to order, visit www.DentalCodeology.com. Follow DentalCodeology on Facebook. To inquire about bulk and private label pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations by contacting info@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 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, Dentistry Today’s CE Leaders 2014 recognition and awarded the 2014 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction and the author of the “DentalCodeology” series of mini books on correct CDT coding for the general practice dental team.
About Christine Taxin
Christine Taxin is the founder and president of Links2Success, a practice management consulting company to the dental and medical fields. Prior to starting her own consulting company, Ms. Taxin served as an administrator of a critical care department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and managed an extensive multi-specialty dental practice in New York.  With over 25 years’ experience as a practice management professional she now provides private practice consulting services, delivers continuing education seminars for dental and medical professionals and serves as an adjunct professor at the New York University (NYU) Dental School and Resident Programs for Maimonides Hospital.

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