Dental Audits & Compliance

United Concordia Dental and its SIU are Actively Auditing Dentists Around the Country.

(September 15, 2020):  There are approximately 1.4 million active duty service members in our country.  These active duty service members have approximately 1.9 million dependents.  Our military also consists of almost a million reserve and national guard participants.  Depending on an individual’s status, these active duty service members, their dependents, and reservists are likely eligible …

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Overview of Dental Claims Audits and Investigations by Medicaid and Private Payors in 2019

(March 4, 2020):  Many dentists and dental practices around the country are glad that 2019 is behind us.  Last year was a banner year for law enforcement investigators and administrative auditors of dental claims.  Federal and State prosecutors around the country actively pursued both civil and criminal cases against individual dentists for a variety of …

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SIU Dental Audit Reviews by DentaQuest, Delta Dental and Cigna Can Ultimately Lead to Criminal Prosecution and Imprisonment.  Are Your Dental Office’s Medical Necessity, Documentation, Coding and Billing Practices Compliant?

(October 16, 2019):  A Federal District Court Judge recently sentenced a Murfreesboro, TN dentist to prison and ordered that he pay restitution to TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program).  Regrettably, the types of improper billing practices cited by the government in the criminal Information filed against the defendant dentist aren’t that uncommon.  This recent prosecution serves as …

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The Dangers of Billing Payors for the Services of a Non-Credentialed Dentist / Non-Participating Dentist

(August 17, 2019):  Over the last year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of Medicaid and private insurance audits of dental claims. A common trigger for these audits included instances in which a practice improperly billed for the services of a non-credentialed dentist while using the identification number of a credentialed provider. …

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Aetna’s SIU is Actively Auditing Dental Claims. Are Your Dental Services Compliant with Applicable Regulatory and Contractual Requirements?

(January 3, 2019):  Slowly but surely, the percentage of adults and children with dental insurance coverage benefits has gradually climbed.  These increases have been driven, at least in part, by several factors.  First, despite the fact that traditional Medicare does not cover routine dental services, a number of Medicare Advantage plans are now offering coverage …

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Mobile Dentistry in Texas – An Overview of Regulatory Risk Areas to be Considered

(December 7, 2018):  Each state sets their own licensure requirements, rules and regulations regarding the practice of dentistry, all of which are subject to change. While there are differences from state to state, the approach taken by most states with respect to the practice of dentistry is fairly consistent. After conducting a review of several …

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UPIC Dental Audits (Such as Qlarant Dental Audits) Have Been Initiated. Is Your Practice Ready for its Medicare Dental Claims or Medicaid Dental Claims to be Audited?

(July 3, 2018):  While a number of Medicare Advantage Plans now offer supplemental coverage for preventive, basic, and major dental services, only a narrow category of dental services qualify for coverage and payment under standard Medicare Part A (pursuant to Section 1862(a)(12) of the Social Security Act).  Presently, only qualifying Medicaid beneficiaries are likely to have …

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Dental Fraud: Dentist Faces 3,974 Years in Prison if Convicted!

(November 30, 2017):  Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the government’s Medicare Fraud Strike Force.  The fraud “take down” charged 412 defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes …

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Medicaid Dental Audits of IV Sedation Services

(June 16, 2017):  Under the Social Security Act, states are required to operate a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).[1]  Each MFCU is tasked with the investigation and prosecution (under state law) of Medicaid providers who engage in fraud or patient abuse.   Last year was rough for dentists participating in the Medicaid program.  As set out …

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