Account Module Preferences determine default options and settings for the Account Module. Preferences are divided into three tabs:
- Misc Account
In the Main Menu, click Setup, Account or Setup, Module Preferences, Account tab.
Automatically store credit card tokens: If using XCharge / OpenEdge or PayConnect, this option is usually checked. It determines the default setting for the Save Token check box when charging a credit card using XCharge or PayConnect. A token is encrypted credit card information (card number and expiration date). Tokens must be stored to use CC Recurring Charges.
- Checked: Set the default setting for the Save Token box to checked.
- Unchecked: Sets the default setting for the Save Token box to unchecked. Useful when you require the credit card to be presented for all transactions.
Patient Payments Use: Determines the default clinic for patient payments (Payment Window). There are three options:
- SelectedClinic: Use the clinic selected in the main menu under Clinics.
- PatientDefaultClinic: Use the patient's default clinic as set on the Edit Patient Information Window. If the patient's clinic is Unassigned, the default clinic will be none.
- SelectedExceptHQ: Use the clinic selected in the main menu, unless it is Headquarters. In that case, use the patient's clinic.
Payments prompt for Payment Type: Determines whether or not a payment type is automatically selected when entering a patient payment.
- Checked: Users must manually select the payment type when entering a payment (no default selected).
- Unchecked (default): The first payment type in the list will be selected by default.
Default unearned type for unallocated paysplits: Set the default Unearned Type for paysplits that are not allocated to providers. Customize options in Definitions: PaySplit Unearned Types. Defaults to Prepayment.
Finance charge adj type: Select the adjustment type created for Finance Charges.
Billing charge adj type: Select the adjustment type created for Billing Charges.
Sales Tax adj type: Select the default adjustment type for Sales Tax (e.g. Sales Tax). Only addition adjustment types show as options.
Payment Plan adj type: Set the negative adjustment type used when adding payment plan adjustments.
Sales Tax Percentage: Set the sales tax percentage to apply.
Bad Debt Adjustments: Mark specific adjustment types as Bad Debt (debts that won't be recovered). This data can be used in custom queries.
- Click Edit to view a list of available adjustment types.
- Highlight the adjustment types to mark as bad debt. Press Ctrl while clicking to select multiple options.
- Click OK. The bad debt adjustment types will list.
Currently selected bad debt adjustment types are highlighted in blue. Check Show hidden to reveal adjustment types marked hidden.
Allow future dated payments (not recommended): Determines whether or not users can enter future dated patient payments.
- Checked: Allow users to enter future dated payments.
- Unchecked: Block users from entering future dated payments.
While we allow you to do so, we do not recommend allowing future dated payments and other debits (credits) because it can cause accounting problems and violate generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Only enable this preference at your own risk.
- When you DO NOT include future dated debits in balance calculation, a patient may appear to owe the debit amount and you may attempt to collect it (again).
- When you DO include future dated debits in balance calculation, the balance on reports run on historical dates will not match the actual balance on the historical date since the future dated payment will be excluded.
- If either this preference, or the preference for Allow future dated transactions (Misc tab) are enabled, future dated patient payments are allowed.
- If both this preference, and the preference for Allow future dated transactions (Misc tab) are disabled, future dated patient payments are not allowed.
Allow emailing credit card receipts: Determines whether or not the Email Receipt button is enabled in the Payment window.
Enforce Valid Paysplits: Determines whether or not users are forced to allocate patient payments to procedures and unearned income. See Patient Payment Preferences for more details.
- Enforce Fully: Open Dental will automatically suggest payment splits (paysplits) allocated to procedures, procedure treating provider, default clinic, and default unearned income types. Users can modify suggested paysplits, but are required to allocate to procedures or unearned income types. If enabled,
- Auto-Split Only (default): Open Dental will automatically suggest paysplits allocated to procedures, procedure treating provider, default clinic, and default unearned income types, but user can modify splits or choose to remove allocations to procedures or unearned income types.
- Don't Enforce (old behavior): Open Dental will only suggest paysplits allocated to the procedure's treating provider. Users are not required to allocate to procedures or unearned income types.
Allow prepayments to providers: Only shows when Enforce Valid Paysplits is set to Enforce Fully. Determines whether to allow or prevent a user from assigning a provider to a prepayment.
- Check: Allows users to assign a provider to a prepayment. Useful to pay providers on unearned income.
- Uncheck: Prevents users from assigning a provider to a prepayment. If a provider is assigned, the unearned income type will change to None.
Note: One reason for this preference is that some provider contracts may require the owner to pay providers on unearned income. For example, this makes sense for orthodontists who would otherwise remain unpaid when treatment is lengthy. Allowing unearned income to have a provider, even when Enforce Fully is turned on, is how to accomplish this. When the unearned income is allocated to a procedure later, a negative paysplit will be made along with a positive paysplit to move the money to the procedure (allocate it). If the same provider was paid previously that has now completed the procedure(s), the net income for that provider due to the allocation is zero. If the provider is different, there will be negative income for one provider and positive for the other.
Payments prompt for auto split: This preference was replaced by Enforce Valid Paysplits in version 17.3. Select paysplit prompt options.
- DoNotUse: This is old behavior. When user clicks OK on a payment, they will be asked "Apply part of payment to other family members?" Answering yes will auto-create paysplits: one for the patient and another for other family members. Answering no will create a single paysplit for the total payment amount allocated to the patient's primary provider.
- Prompt: When there are no paysplits and a user clicks OK on a payment, they will be asked "Would you like to autosplit the payment to outstanding family balances?" Answering yes will open the PaySplit Manager. Answering no will create a single paysplit for the total payment amount allocated to the patient's primary provider.
- Forced: When there are no paysplits and a user clicks OK on a payment, the Pay Split Manager will open automatically with suggested paysplits.
Selecting this option removes the Pay/Transfer button above the Family Balance grid on the Payment window. These buttons may be needed if you recently had a data conversion and are still cleaning up family balances with Conversions: Income Transfers
- Procedure Forced: Force payments to have paysplits that are attached to a procedure, unless the paysplit is unallocated (provider = none, procedure = none). Unallocated payments will not have to be attached to a procedure.
Enforce Valid Adjustments: Determines whether clinic and provider of adjustments match clinic and provider of attached procedures. Also determines whether attaching adjustments to procedures is required or optional. Setting will only apply when using the Adjustment button in the Account module toolbar and to new adjustments or changes to adjustments.
- Enforce Fully: Attaching procedures to adjustments is required. Clinic and provider assigned will be the same as procedure. Users with the Setup security permission may edit the adjustment to assign a different clinic and provider than the attached procedure.
- Link Only: Clinic and provider assigned will be the same as procedure. Users may edit the adjustment to assign a different clinic and provider than the attached procedure.
- Don't Enforce: The patient's default clinic and provider will be assigned to the adjustment. Users may edit the adjustment to assign to the same clinic and provider as the procedure.
Attaching adjustments through the Procedure Info Window
will always assign the procedure clinic and provider to the adjustment.
Auto-split payments preferring: Determines the logic for automatic paysplit allocation suggestions when entering patient payments.
- Adjustments (default): Open Dental will automatically suggest paysplits allocated to the oldest positive adjustment, then follow FIFO (First In First Out) accounting logic for the remaining outstanding charges.
- FIFO: Open Dental will automatically suggest paysplits allocated to the oldest, completed procedures with outstanding charges.
Hide paysplits from payment window by default:
- Checked: Current Payment Splits and Outstanding Charges will be hidden by default when the Payment window is opened.
- Unchecked: Current Payment Splits and Outstanding Charges will show by default when the Payment window is opened.
Show provider income transfer window after entering insurance payment:
- Checked: Automatically open the Payment window after entering Insurance Claim Payments so you can fine tune provider balances by transferring income.
- Unchecked: The Payments window will not automatically open.
Set medical claims to institutional when using medical insurance:
- Checked: The default ClaimType will be set to institutional when a medical claim is created.
- Unchecked: The default claim type will be set to medical when a medical claim is created.
Claim Form treating provider shows Signature On File rather than name:
- Checked: If the provider also has Signature on File checked on the Edit Provider Window, Signature on File will print in the TreatingDentistSignature field on the ADA 2012 Claim Form.
- Unchecked: If the provider also has Signature on File checked on the Edit Provider window, the provider's name will print in the TreatingDentistSignature field on the ADA claim form.
PPO write-off description (blank for "Writeoff"): Determines the wording for insurance write-offs used in the Description column of Account module and on statements. The default will be Writeoff if left blank.
Claim Attachment Export Path: Enter the path to the folder where images attached to a claim will be exported. See Edit Claim Window.
On medical e-claims, send treating provider as ordering provider by default: Set the default ordering provider sent in medical e-claims. Also see E-Claim Complexities.
- Checked: The procedure's treating provider will be the default ordering provider.
- Unchecked: There will be no default ordering provider.
On e-claims, send treating provider info for each separate procedure: Only applies to e-claims. Paper claims have no place to include information for more than one treating provider. This option should be checked unless you have a very good reason for needing to not send information about treating providers.
Require ACN# in remarks on claims with ADDP group name: This was added for one specific customer, and can be ignored by everyone else.
Allow procedure adjustments from claim window:
- Checked: Right click procedures on the Edit Claim window to add a procedure adjustment.
- Unchecked: The right click Add Adjustment option will not be available.
Credits greater than proc fee: Determines whether or not users are warned or blocked from allocating an insurance payment that is greater than the procedure fee. Looks at the sum of insurance payments, write-off, adjustments, and patient payments allocated to the procedure.
- Allow: Users can allocate an insurance payment that is greater than the procedure fee and will not be warned the total credits are greater than the procedure fee.
- Warn: Users can allocate an insurance payment that is greater than the procedure fee but will receive a warning when total credits are greater than the procedure fee.
- Block: Users will not be allowed to finalize insurance payments for insurance amounts that are greater than the procedure fee. They will receive a prompt detailing the total credits but will not be allowed to proceed with the payment.
Allow Future Payments: Determines whether or not users are allowed to enter insurance payments with a future Payment Date.
- Checked: Create an insurance payment with a future payment date. Reports will not reflect this payment until the payment date.
- Uncheck: Prevent users from entering a payment with a future payment date. Users will be prompted with a warning message and they will not be able to finalize the payment until the date is changed.
- If either this preference or the preference for Allow future dated transactions (Misc tab) are enabled, future dated insurance payments are allowed.
- If either this preference or the preference for Allow future dated transactions (Misc tab) are disabled, future dated insurance payments are not allowed.
Claim Identification Prefix: Change the default format of the claim ID. This number is assigned to a claim using the prefix selected, then adding an auto-generated claim number. Useful for internal tracking of claims. Click Replacements to select a prefix.
Misc Account Tab
Balances don't subtract insurance estimate: Be careful. This will cause estimated balances due to exclude estimated insurance payments. This is generally only used if your patients are responsible for all treatment as it is done, and you don't accept assignment of insurance benefits. All insurance payments then go directly to the patients without involving the dental office.
- Unchecked (default): Balance due in the Account module and statements will include estimated insurance payments. The captions in the Account module will be Total, InsEst, Est Bal (bold red), and Pat Est Bal.
- Checked: Balance due in the Account module and statements will exclude estimated insurance payments. The captions in the Account module will be Balance (bold red), Ins Pending, After Ins, Pat Est Bal.
Aging calculated monthly instead of daily:
- Unchecked (default): Aging is automatically calculated daily. This is the recommended setting.
- Checked: Aging must be manually updated using the Aging tool. The patient's account will be based on the last calculated date. We also recommend setting Global Lock Dates.
Show Payment Numbers in Account Module: This is needed for countries outside the U.S. and in Canada.
- Checked: Payment numbers will show in the payment description.
- Unchecked: Payment numbers will not show in the payment description.
Statements use Sheets: Select whether statements will use the classic layout or a custom layout designed in sheets.
- Unchecked (default): Statements will use the classic statement layout (not sheets).
- Checked: Statements will use the custom statement designed using sheets. See Customizing a Statement Using Sheets.
Recurring charges use primary provider: Determines to which provider Recurring Charge payments will be applied.
- Checked: Payments will be applied to the patient's primary provider.
- Unchecked: Payments will be applied to the provider that the family owes the most money to.
Use UCR fee for billed fee even if PPO fee is higher: Set which fee is used as the billed fee when a PPO fee is higher than the UCR fees (In-network / Contracted Insurance Plan (PPOs) only). Typically, if the PPO fee is higher than a provider's UCR fee, the PPO fee is used as the billed fee.
- Unchecked: For all PPO plan types, the PPO fee will be used as the billed fee if it is higher than the provider's UCR fee.
- Checked: For all PPO plan types, the UCR fee will be used as the billed fee, even if the PPO fee is higher.
Recurring Charges use transaction date: Select how the payment date is determined when running recurring charges.
- Unchecked: Payments will use the date the charge is scheduled to be processed (see Authorizing Recurring Charges).
- Checked: Payments will use the transaction date (the date the recurring charge is run).
Invoices' payments grid shows writeoffs: Determines whether or not insurance write-offs are included in the Payments grid on invoices.
- Checked: Include insurance write-offs for procedures in the Payments grid (Statements use Sheets preference must be enabled).
- Unchecked: Do not include insurance write-offs.
Age negative adjustments by adjustment date: Determines how negative adjustments are aged in the family balance and on aging reports.
- Checked: Subtracts negative adjustments from the family balance of each aging category. Also defaults Age negative adjustments as checked in the Aging of Accounts Receivable (A/R) Report.
- Unchecked: The sum of a family's negative adjustments will be applied to the oldest family balance.
Prompt user to allocate unearned income after creating a claim: Determines whether or not the user will be prompted to allocate unearned income to completed procedures when creating a claim.
- Checked: When a claim is created, the payment window will prompt the user to allocate unearned income to completed procedures (if there is unearned income not yet allocated).
- Uncheck: Prevents the payment window from prompting the user to allocate unearned income.
Allow Future Dated Transactions:
- Checked: Allows future dating of transactions (e.g. insurance payments, adjustments, etc).
- Unchecked: Prevents future dating of transactions.
- If this preference is enabled, Allow future payments (Insurance tab), and Allow future dated payments (Pay/Adj tab) are allowed.
- If this preference is disabled, Allow future payments (Insurance tab), and Allow future dated payments (Pay/Adj tab) are not allowed.
Payment Plans exclude past activity by default: Determines the default state for the Exclude Past Activity check box on the Payment Plan Window.
- Checked: The box is checked by default.
- Unchecked: The box is unchecked by default.
Pay Plans use Sheets: Determines whether printed payment plans will use the classic layout or a custom layout designed in sheets.
- Unchecked (default): Printed payment plans will use the classic format (not sheets).
- Checked: Printed payment plans will use the custom payment plan layout designed using sheets. A payment plan sheet can allow an electronic signatures. See Customizing Printed Payment Plans Using Sheets.
Pay Plan Charge Logic: Determines how charges and credits for Patient Payment Plans show in the patient account ledger and whether they affect balances and aging.
- Do Not Age (Legacy): Payment plan debits, credits, and payments only show within the payment plan and will not affect balance or aging.
- Payment plan information only shows in the Payment Plans grid. Double clicking the plan row is the only way to view payment plan payments.
- One payment plan credit (PayPln) will show as a single line item in the patient account ledger, thus reducing the total account balance by the amount. The credit amount is based on the Tx Completed Amt set in the payment plan.
- Other payment plan credits, debits, and payments do not show in the ledger nor do they affect balances or aging.
- The total A/R in the Aging of A/R report will not include payment plan due amounts.
- Only changes to the Tx Completed Amount affect aging and production and income reports.
- Age Credits and Debits (Default): Payment plan debits, credits, and payments will show as line items in patient account ledger and affect balances and aging.
- Payment plan amounts due (PayPln: Debit) and credits (PayPln: Credit) show as line items in the patient account ledger.
- Payment plan payments show in the account ledger.
- Payment plan due amounts are included the patient's balance.
- Payment plan amounts due and payments are considered when calculating aging.
- Changes made to historical payment plan charges will affect historical information (e.g. Aging of A/R, Production and Income reports).
- Age Credits Only: Patients are credited for payment plans when the credit comes due, but debits all exist separately from the account ledger.
- Each payment plan credit line item will show in the account ledger, sorted by Tx Credit date.
- Payment plan debits (amounts due) only show in the Payment Plan grid. They do not show in the account ledger.
- Payment plan amounts due will not be considered when calculating balances and aging.
- Changes made to historical payment plan credits will affect historical information (e.g. Aging of A/R, Production and Income reports).
- No Charges to Account (Rarely Used):
- Payment plans have no affect on account balance.
- Payments to payment plans show in ledger and payment plan.
- Payment plan amount is not removed from aging.
In version 17.2 and earlier, this preference was a check box named Display PayPlanCharges as line items in Account module and Aging of A/R.
- Unchecked: Payment plan debits, credits, and payments only show within the Payment Plan and will not affect balance or aging.
- Checked: Turn on Line Item Payment Plans (see above).
Hide "Due Now" in Payment Plans Grid: Only shows when Pay Plan Charge Logic is set to Age Credits And Debits. Select whether to label the last column in the Payment Plan grid to Closed or Due Now.
- Checked: The last column will be labeled Closed and indicate when the plan is closed and show no amounts.
- Unchecked: The last column will be labeled Due Now and show Due Now amount until the payment plan is closed.
Commlogs Auto Save: Determines whether or not Communications Log entries save every ten seconds automatically after a change is made.
- Checked: Commlogs are auto-saved.
- Unchecked (default): Commlogs are not auto-saved.
Show Family Comm Entries by Default:
- Checked: The Show Family Comm Entries box in the Account module, Show tab is checked by default.
- Unchecked: This box is not checked by default.