Qualified Professionals (QPro) offers a wide range of medical certifications in different specialties. Together with Dental Medical Billing University, it just launched a credentialing program for dental-to-medical cross-coding and billing.

“Working with Dental Medical Billing to bring this standard-setting coding and billing credentialing program to dentistry is extremely exciting and very timely,” says LaMont Leavitt, CEO of Innoventrum, parent company of QPro, in a release. “The convergence of dental and medical insurance plans continues to accelerate and so will the need to have trained and qualified coding and billing professionals in dental practices.”

The credentialing exams are hosted and administered by QPro.com. To earn dental-to-medical billing credentials, candidates must pass at least three exams including the requisite Qualified Medical Coder/Biller Exam. From there, candidates can earn designations in nine areas, such as dental implant coding, oral surgery, sleep apnea, sedation dentistry, and coding and reimbursement for CBCT scans.

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“Medical coders and their prospective employers have recognized and valued post-secondary certification for decades,” says Christine Taxin, operator and CEO of Dental Medical Billing, in a release. “I’ve trained thousands of dental teams to do dental-to-medical cross-coding. It is gratifying to finally bring this type of program and standards to the dental industry.”

Leavitt says, “Employing trained credentialed coders is a win-win for practice owners that need to minimize compliance risk and maximize reimbursements. It’s a win for the billing staff in that it validates their expertise, while opening career doors. Most importantly, it’s also a win for patients who will get increased services because their dental office knows how to maximize patient insurance benefits.”

While not a formal educational requirement, some healthcare providers will only consider candidates that can show they have knowledge and training in the highly specialized field of medical insurance coding and billing.

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