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How to Better Lives Through Dental Coding

Posted November 28, 2017

Patti DiGangi

When I thought about writing an article about helping others, my mind went immediately to those that have helped me. We live our lives on the backs of those who have gone before us, and we cannot achieve anything without building upon someone else’s work or without the assistance of others.

When I was working as a dental assistant many years ago, it was the hygienist who became my first mentor. Over the years, there have been many more.

My friends here invited me to have courses on their fantastic DentalPost education portal. More recently, DentalPost became a strategic partner of DentalCodeology. We truly are building upon each other’s work and assisting each other’s growth.

Our new partnership happened at the same time we announced my latest brand extension of our book series and the ROMA Manual on Dentistry called The Dental Codeologist Community.

To explain what that is and offer you a DentalPost participant a special offer, let me back up a bit and explain how I became the Chief Dental Codeologist.

I did not plan to become The Chief Dental Codeologist! I don’t really even like numbers. Yet I have learned the importance of codes. Whether looking for employment or to become more valuable in our current job, understanding CDT coding can benefit you as well as the offices and patients.

Coding plays a part of every single patient encounter. Studying codes provides a deeper understanding with a goal to improve the quality, efficiency, and overall value of health care. And accurate coding can create a pathway to prosperity.

I coined the word DentalCodeologytm. The Merriman-Webster Dictionary defines ology as: a branch of knowledge; the study of. DentalCodeology means the “study of codes.”

Codes are not for insurance payments only. Reimbursements will be tied to patient outcomes in the future. Having a code provides the measurement tool (metric) and the opportunity to measure outcome data.

Just like my friends at DentalPost, you are essential and act as a crucial piece of the puzzle. Whether you are an assistant, hygienist, receptionist, office manager, or dentist, you have experience. You have thoughts. You have been frustrated by coding. This is why we created this robust Dental Codeologist Membership-based community.

We provide cutting-edge content, forums and other pertinent information and interactive opportunities to share your questions, knowledge and stay up-to-date. We all learn by sharing our expertise!

For my DentalPost friends reading this article, we want to offer a special discount. Go to, place your order for a membership. When you check out, use this discount code: DentalPost 2017 Membership and get 10% off!

I love my DentalPost friends and want to help. You are welcome to contact me with any coding questions at

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