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Practice Management Matters - Nov/Dec 2009

December 2nd, 2009

Practice Management and Coding "Year in Review"

AAOMS continues to offer the Beyond the Basics Coding courses three times per year in different parts of the country as well as Basic and Advanced courses purely online. The 2009 Beyond the Basics locations were Nashville, Toronto and Scottsdale. To further enhance these courses, a new Coding Certificate Program was implemented in 2009 recognizing those that have completed all three levels of coding courses with a special certificate and lapel pin.

The OMS Billing Conference was offered in the fall once again and continues to be a success.

The Practice Management Stand- Alone meeting, "Strategies to Expand Your Dental Implant Practice" held in April 2009, was a great success. The panel of speakers included an OMS, an implant coordinator and a practice management consultant.

AAOMS held two webinars on the topics of Red Flags and Professional Courtesy, and introduced the Red Flag Identity Theft Prevention Manual and Professional Courtesy template CD to further assist members in complying with these regulations.

Professional allied staff courses offered this year included two Anesthesia Assistant Review Courses, the Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies, and the year-round Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination program (formerly OMAAP).

AAOMS recognizes Coding Certificate and DAANCE Certification recipients at the 2009 Annual Meeting

You may have seen colleagues proudly displaying ribbons for the AAOMS Coding Certificate Program or DAANCE Certification and their respective lapel pins at the Toronto Annual Meeting. Read on to learn more about joining these elite groups.

Simply complete the entire AAOMS coding course series-Basic, Beyond the Basics and Advanced Coding- within the specified time frames and receive a certificate of completion and special lapel pin, visible proof of your extensive knowledge of coding principles. The all new AAOMS Coding Certificate Program (CCP) offers a specialty specific coding instruction series for OMSs and the coding specialists they employ that is unmatched in scope and detail. While not certification, those who successfully complete the entire program are recognized for their accomplishment and proficiency in OMS coding. Visit for some frequently asked questions and other details about the new program.

Created by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons-the dental specialty known for its stringent member anesthesia evaluation program- The Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) is a two-part CE program exclusively for all dental anesthesia assistants employed by a dental specialist holding an anesthesia permit. Successful completion of comprehensive self-study material and quizzes, and a standardized computer-based exam earns you 36 continuing education credits through the Dental Assisting National Board, a lapel pin and Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination recognition. Program registration is available year-round. For program requirements and details, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit

Annual Meeting Review: Practice Management and Professional Allied Staff Courses

There were nearly 40 practice management and professional allied staff courses, including the Anesthesia Assistant Skills Lab in Toronto this year. New practice clinics this year included: How to Make Your Practice More Productive; Achieving Accreditation from AAAHC, OMS Office Sites; Using Practice Management Reports for Profit; and Million Dollar Verdicts. Other well-attended sessions included: Advanced Coding, Dealing with the Dissatisfied Patient; Listen up Leader-Your Staff has Something to Say; and Avoid the Pitfalls of Wrong Tooth Surgery. The Anesthesia Assistant Skills Lab was offered for the second year and sold out once again. Because of its popularity, this skills lab will be held for the first time in conjunction with the practice management, allied staff and coding workshops held in April 2010 in Orlando, Fla. Other popular staff courses included how to meet and exceed CDC guidelines, staff's view of the crash cart and the staff's role in preventing lawsuits and utilizing technology. For up-to-date information on upcoming practice management, coding and allied staff courses, remember to visit the meetings and continuing education pages of