The product update released September 07, 2021 represents an improvement in the Dentrix Ascend development process. Beginning with this update, you will see smaller but more frequent releases. This approach helps us achieve our goals to improve quality. You will see new features take shape more gradually. We will clearly announce when a new feature is ready for use.
Specify Range as the Treatment Area
With this release, you can now specify a range as the treatment area for procedure codes when creating new custom codes, also known as alias or “point” codes. To do this, from the Settings menu, open the Procedure Codes & Conditions page.
Click Add Procedure Code.
Enter the code and the other required information. If the code you choose already exists in the database, Dentrix Ascend will prompt you to type a suffix for the code to create an alias code. From the Treatment area list, select Range. Note that the sorting order in this list has been updated so that the areas are listed from largest to smallest.
Now, with a range of teeth selected on the Chart, you can chart the custom procedure code.
The teeth you select for the range will appear in the progress note and on the insurance claim.
Predetermination added to Procedure Tracking Report Builder
In addition to the two existing predetermination reports, Predetermination – Tracking and Predetermination – Unsent, this update introduces a new Analysis Procedure Tracking Report Builder. This new tool is ready to assist you in creating custom reports to track your predeterminations from the treatment-planning phase to procedure completion.
As with any Analysis Report Builder, the report is empty until you select fields to add to the rows, columns, or measures. The important thing to note is that a set of predetermination fields is now available.
Create a report to meet your needs, and save it as a custom report, either for your use or to be shared with the organization.
Upcoming Event Announcements
A new section has been added to the Guide Center that you see when you click the cloud icon in the lower-left corner. Click the Upcoming Events section to see details of upcoming webinars or other events, and to register for these events.
No changes to user rights are included with this update.
New Learning Content
In addition to the hundreds of articles and videos in the Dentrix Ascend Resource Center, Dentrix Ascend also publishes a regular stream of tips and tricks on its #DentrixAscendBlog web page. Below is a sampling of recent posts. Click a title to open the topic.
Charting Supernumerary Teeth
Dentrix Ascend makes it easy to chart and submit claims for patients with extra teeth.
Protecting Your Insurance Estimates from Unapproved Changes
Prevent unapproved changes by managing which users can edit insurance estimates.
Reactivating Inactive Patients
Reactivate inactive patients to view their old exams, procedures, claims, and more.
Online Payment from the Patient's Point of View
See online payment from a patient’s point of view so that you can tell them what to expect when they pay a bill online.