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awkessler12
Canine III

PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

What code should you use to give a patient a discount when the doctor is trading services with the patient?

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pksaari79
Premolar III

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

Are you talking about bartering?  That I don't know.  We have used 58 to discount services for work done but the patient won't be charged, as a professional courtesy.  We have added extensions to identify if they are doctor and family, employees, pro bono bases etc., meaning those codes would be 58.1, 58.2, etc.

CS Dental Employee
CS Dental Employee

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

awkessler12‌ ,you can use code 51.00 professional courtesy credit already included in ADA codes list 

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awkessler12
Canine III

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

Yes bartering. I just need a code that does not affect the production amounts. We have a bonus system and with code 51 it affects the production amount.

CS Dental Employee
CS Dental Employee

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

you can try the range 21-29  it is a credit without affecting production 

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CS Dental Employee

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

You are correct 21-29 will decrease the patient's balance without affecting production, but please keep in mind it does increase collection.  You can create a code in this range if this works for you.  

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mdunham
Premolar III

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

Or, simply post the transaction, with a zero amount.  If you would like to keep track of barter amounts you could add the amount in the notes column.  Of course, if you need the totals calculated it would take a bit of investigation, the tradeoff is that no totals would be effected. 

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pksaari79
Premolar III

Re: PROFESSIONAL COURTESY DISCOUNTS

A production adjustment should be in the 50 range.  Avoid any reserved code.

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