Dear HUSKY Health Dental Practitioner,
We have now launched our new and improved online survey for dentists and dental practices that serve the HUSKY Health (Medicaid) and Covered CT populations in Connecticut.
The Survey closes on Thursday, November 30, 2023 and is available on the Provider Login Page on ctdhp.org. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. We know you are busy, but survey completion is needed to allow us to provide the most appropriate referrals to your office. So complete it as soon as you can.
Your input enables Connecticut Dental Health Partnership Member Service representatives to assist HUSKY Health members, by giving them dental referrals that best meet their needs. That in turn improves the quality of the referrals you will receive.
Please click this link and log in to get started.
We will be performing scheduled maintenance on our website on Wednesday, 10/11 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Access to the provider portal will be unavailable during this time. Please submit any prior authorizations before 5pm on Wednesday, 10/11. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Related to periodic discussions about dental opioid prescribing, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the publication of a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the pharmacologic management of acute dental pain in children. The guideline, developed by the ADA Science and Research Institute, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine recommends acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen as first-line treatments for acute dental pain in children younger than 12.
The full guideline is available here: https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(23)00390-2/fulltext
And an ADA News article about the guideline is available here: https://adanews.ada.org/ada-news/2023/august/new-ada-guideline-recommends-acetaminophen-nsaids-to-manage-pain-in-pediatric-patients/
The CMS Dental Team
Effective for date of service September 1, 2023 and forward, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is adding select evaluation and management (E/M) procedure codes to the dental adult and dental pediatric fee schedules. Policy Bulletin here.
For dates of service April 1, 2023, and forward, dental providers/clinics must bill Current Dental Terminology (CDT) code D0140-Limited oral evaluation-problem focused instead of CDT code D0190 – Screening of a Patient when billing the dental component of the multi-disciplinary examination (MDE). There will be a newer code added to the fee schedule for this purpose and the code will be included in a future policy transmittal on Multi-Disciplinary Examinations (MDEs).