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Canada:  Procedure Code Time Units

For Canadian procedures that use scaling units, a time unit value can be entered. All procedure codes default to 1 time unit unless specified as different in their description, but you can also add or edit as needed. You can also view an insurance plan's total, used, and remaining time units by benefit category in the Treatment Plan or Account module.

Note: When you update to version 15.4 or greater, new time unit values will update for procedure codes that already exist. We recommend updating CDA codes first, then updating Open Dental.

For time units to be calculated correctly, the following needs to occur:

  • The procedure has to have a time unit value (not 0).
  • The insurance plan has to have a benefit for the category that meets the following criteria (See Benefit Info: Row View)
    Category: something other than 'none'
    Type: Limitations
    TimePeriod : Calendar Year or Service Year
    Quantity: greater than 0 (this should match the time unit values covered by the plan)
    Qualifier: Number of Services
    Coverage Level: Individual or Family

Enter a Procedure's Time Units
Enter time units for procedures on the Edit Procedure Code window. (Lists, Procedure Codes).

View Remaining Time Units
View an insurance plan's total, used, and remaining time units by benefit category in the Treatment Plan or Account module.

In the Treatment Plan module, click Ins Rem above the remaining insurance information.

In the Account module, click the Ins Rem box in the Aging area.

A new window will open showing the total, used, and remaining time units for each procedure code category that has a benefit.

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Example of a Time Unit Benefit
Below is an example of the how a benefit for time units might be set up. See Benefit Info: Row View.


 

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