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DENTAL PRACTICES CAN NOW SUBMIT CLAIMS ELECTRONICALLY TO PENNSYLVANIA BLUE SHIELD

 DENTAL PRACTICES CAN NOW SUBMIT CLAIMS
 ELECTRONICALLY TO PENNSYLVANIA BLUE SHIELD
 CAMP HILL, Pa., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Dental practices in the state can now submit insurance claims electronically to Pennsylvania Blue Shield for basic dental services such as diagnostic, preventive, basic restorative and endodontic procedures.
 Claims for certain oral surgery and non-surgical periodontal work can also be submitted electronically under the insurer's new program, which became effective in December 1991.
 Basic dental services account for nearly 90 percent of the dental claims Blue Shield receives.
 Electronic claims submission helps save time and money because claims processing time is reduced and postage costs are eliminated. And since electronic claims bypass more than a week of handling and administrative work, dental practices receive their claims payment much faster.
 Claims can be transmitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 Blue Shield is working on future enhancements that will enable dental practices to submit other types of claim forms that currently cannot be transmitted electronically. These include those dental claims that require X-rays to accompany the claim, and predetermination forms, which inform patients whether more expensive dental procedures are covered under their insurance and the amount Blue Shield will pay for the procedure.
 Currently more than 30 percent of Pennsylvania Blue Shield's medical-surgical claims and 44 percent of its Medicare Part B claims are transmitted electronically by health care providers.
 Pennsylvania Blue Shield serves nearly 6 million subscribers in its Private Business programs and administers Medicare Part B claims for 3.3 million beneficiaries in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia metropolitan area.
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