Meeting Archive:
Coding for Prevention - A Primer on Procedures for Long-Term Oral Health

Meeting Description:

This program is a primer that covers a number of services and their CDT Codes that establish and support prevention and ongoing oral health.  There is more – an overview of emerging interest in dental diagnosis coding, CDT Code maintenance, and where coding and claim submission assistance is available from the ADA.  The material covered is pertinent to activities and services delivered by private dental practices, as well as Medicaid MCOs and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FACHs).


The program’s Part 1 begins with commentary on some things that are relatively old – several pertinent diagnostic, preventive and administrative procedures that have been part of the CDT Code for several editions.  Part 2 discusses case management – ways to bring patients into your operatories so that they receive necessary dental care, and the four new CDT Codes to document these efforts.  In Part 3 the program closes by addressing some ins-and-outs and how-to’s concerning codes used every day within the dental community.

Date: Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): ADA Center for Dental Benefits, Coding and Quality
 Presenter Information
Dr. Christopher Bulnes
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Dr. Christopher M. Bulnes is a general dentist in Tampa, FL. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida in Tampa and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and a certificate in Advanced Education of General Dentistry from Southern Illinois University in Alton, IL.  Chris is a ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs member and chairs its Subcommittee on Codes.


Dr. Bulnes has held every line officer position in the Hillsborough County (FL) Dental Association and West Coast District (FL) Dental Association.  Chris serves as an Alternate Trustee to the Florida Dental Association (FDA) and as Alternate Delegate to the ADA 17th District Delegation.  He continues to serve as the Clinical Co-Chair for FDA’s Mission of Mercy. Chris and his wife Kelsey have three children.  Outside interests include spending time with his family, traveling, coaching his children, golf, long distance running and triathlons.

Frank Pokorny
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Mr. Pokorny holds the position of Senior Manager within the ADA's Center for Dental Benefits, Coding and Quality.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Anthropology from Columbia College of Columbia University (NY) and his Master of Business Administration in Operations from Michigan State University (MI).  In November 2015 he was named as a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, honoris causa.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Frank resides in Chicago with his spouse Nancy and their two feline companions.  His outside interests include boating (sail and power), vintage motorcycles and rallye motorsports.