Just yesterday, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) announced the creation of a new billing code for increased costs in PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new code is intended to be used in conjunction with other procedures performed during the appointment.
The PPE costs include those associated with N95 or equivalent masks, gowns, face shields, hair and foot coverings, etc.and the ODA has specified that these new codes are not to be used to bill for time associated with placement/removal of PPE (donning/doffing) or for fallow times. With the addition of this code, patients can expect to pay an additional 8.00-18.oo$ per visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two new procedure codes, as well as all other Canadian dental codes, can be found using the mobile app available for Android and IOS “Dental Code Lookup” (www.dentalcodelookup.ca). Specifically, the new codes for PPE are found under the category Miscellaneous> Laboratory and Expense Procedures in the app.
99900 PPE expenses required by the COVID-19 pandemic, per appointment
99901- Non aerosol generating procedures
99902- Aerosol generating procedures