How a large dental network helps your business

by MikeMeehan 11/9/2018 9:31 AM

With a larger network size, your employees have a greater selection of dentists to choose from. The result for your business and employees is lower costs and better convenience.  Lower costA large network results in better utilization of in-network dentists by your employees, which helps keep costs down. Visiting a network dentist helps ensure lower claims costs, offering immediate financial benefits for self-insured groups and leading to more stable overall costs in the long run for fully insured groups. Employees also enjoy lower out-of-pocket expenses and maximize their benefits when they seek care from in-network dentists. Doing so protects them from balance billing, which is when a dentist’s fee for a specific service exceeds the plan’s allowed amount and the dentist bills the difference.  Better convenienceIn addition to cost savings, a larger network provides a more convenient experience. If employees already have a dentist they prefer, a bigger network makes it more likely that their dentist participates. Employees no longer need to spend time comparison shopping because they can easily find in-network dentists who have agreed to set fees for common dental procedures. That can increase employee satisfaction in the plan and the benefits offering.  Plus, employees can save time by visiting network dentists. Participating dentists submit claims directly to Delta Dental, so your employees don’t have to handle time-consuming forms, whereas out-of-network dentists may not provide this service. When employees use a network dentist, Delta Dental pays the dentist so the employee isn’t required to pay and then wait for reimbursement.  Contact your benefits consultant or local Delta Dental representative to learn more about our dental network.

Helping employees get the most value out of their dental benefits

by MikeMeehan 9/20/2018 9:39 AM

Because dental benefits have the potential to improve both oral and overall health, it’s important that employees make the most of their coverage. By taking some simple steps, you can help encourage employees to leverage their dental benefits as effectively as possible.  Education – Ensure that employees are aware of the value their dental coverage provides. Minimizing costs. To realize the most savings, your employees should visit dentists in their plan’s network. When employees choose a network dentist, they help ensure lower claims costs, which also benefits employers. This offers immediate financial benefits for a self-insured group and can lead to more stable premiums in the long run for fully insured groups. Moreover, make sure your employees know that dentists outside your plan’s network may be able to balance bill. This is what happens when a dentist’s fee for a certain service exceeds the plans’ allowed amount, and the dentist bills the difference.  Preventing dental disease. Because most dental disease is preventable, many dental plans cover the cost of preventive care at 100 percent. Regular exams and cleanings are key to keeping mouths healthy and catching dental diseases early before they become costly problems. Maintaining overall health. Signs of over 120 diseases may be detected in the mouth including diabetes and heart diseases. During regular appointments, dentists will look for these conditions and will screen for oral cancer with the goal of early detection. This can help lower medical costs by increasing treatment options and improving outcomes, according to “Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Treatment Planning.” Frequent communication – Clear communication can mean the difference between confidence and confusion. Reminders. Continue to remind employees of the benefits of good oral health and encourage them to utilize preventive care. When you do, mention that they can typically visit the dentist for preventive care at little to no out-of-pocket cost. Updates on changes. If your plan is updated, provide comprehensive information to employees to ensure they fully understand the changes. Check-ins during open enrollment. Employees can make updates at open enrollment, so make sure those who want to make changes don’t miss their chance. This is also a good time to remind employees why they should take advantage of dental benefits.  Ask for feedback. Encourage employees to articulate the positives and negatives of their experiences using their dental coverage. Ask them to provide information that helps prioritize coverage options. And always be open to suggestions.  Resources – Make sure employees have the materials they need to maximize their benefits. Cost savings worksheet. Send a cost savings worksheet to show the financial differences between using an in-network dentist versus an out-of-network dentist. Provider tools. Speak with your dental benefits provider about any communication tools they may offer to make it easier for employees to understand and use their benefits.   

Save Money With In-Network Dentists

by MikeMeehan 12/6/2017 1:21 PM

During the holidays, a lot of us are spending money on gifts, decorations, entertaining, traveling, and donations. Luckily, you can save money at your dental appointments by visiting a Delta Dental in-network dentist. If you’re watching your pennies this time of year, think about the money you’re saving or could save when you visit a Delta Dental dentist. We’ve created a chart below so you can see an example of the savings for a common procedure. Delta Dental in-network dentists have agreed to pre-established fees on most common dental procedures for Delta Dental members. Every network dentist also goes through a credentialing process, so you know you’re getting quality care and saving on out-of-pocket costs. Another benefit of using our extensive dentist network is protection from “balance billing.” Our in-network dentists have agreed not to charge more than Delta Dental’s allowed fees. Delta Dental dentists will not bill you for the difference between the allowed fee and their usual fee, also known as balance billing. You can choose to visit an out-of-network dentist, but the fees will be higher. Also keep in mind, you may be balance billed if you go out of network. Take a look at the chart below for an example of the money you can save: Example Savings for a Common Procedure   Estimated Charge Maximum Allowed Fee Percentage Paid by Delta Dental Amount Delta Dental Pays Amount Dentist can Balance Bill Total Amount You Pay Your Total Cost Savings Delta Dental PPOSM Network $1,200 $850 50% $425 $0 $425 $350 Delta Dental Premier® Network $1,200 $975 50% $487.50 $0 $487.50 $225 Out-of-Network $1,200 $1,100 50% $550 $100 $650 $0     You can find a Delta Dental in-network dentist by using the Find a Dentist tool or our free mobile app. We have more than 152,000 dentists in our nationwide network.

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