Poster Presentation

Poster Presentation

PR24 - Symptomatic Versus Asymptomatic Patients: Who Completes Treatment? Does Insurance Influence Treatment Timeline?

Thursday, April 26
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room: Exhibit Hall

Many endodontic procedures are performed because the patient presents with pain. However, some asymptomatic patients present for endodontic treatment. This retrospective chart review study of electronic health records compares symptomatic versus asymptomatic patients with Medicaid dental coverage and their tendency to follow through and complete nonsurgical endodontic treatment in a timely manner. Second, the study investigates whether Medicaid preauthorization affects the time to complete treatment and if a particular insurance company has a faster response for preauthorization. EHR records of the Rutgers Endodontic Department spanning the months of July-December 2016 were reviewed. Patient insurance information was recorded along with the time line from the time of the evaluation to time preauthorization sent out until the time preauthorization received. Additionally the time from initial evaluation to time treatment completed has been evaluated in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Statistical analysis of the variances using a Student’s t-test shows there is no statistical significant difference between the symptomatic and asymptomatic patients when comparing the time elapsed from preauthorization sent to time of completed treatment. Additionally, there is no statistically significant difference in the completion rate of endodontic treatment between symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Preauthorization was received faster from insurance companies submitted via electronic submission. Both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients completed treatment at a similar rate and in a similar time frame.

Rena L. Kreitman

Second year endodontic resident

Rena Kreitman is currently a second year endodontic resident at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. She graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2013 from undergraduate dental school where she then completed a General Practice Residency. She worked as a general dentist for two years before deciding to become an endodontist.

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Carla Y. Falcon

Clinical Assistant Professor
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine - Department of Endodontics

Clinical assistant professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Our study aims to come up with an explanation or provide factors for undergraduate pre-doctoral endodontic case shortages. This information may help program directors modify their programs to improve student experience.

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Craig Hirschberg

Interim chair and post doctoral program director
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Dr Hirschberg, DDS and Diplomate of the ABE, is the Interim Chair and post doctoral program director at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. He graduated from NYU in 1980 and has been in practice for 36 years.

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Sanjna Mehta

international student

Sanjana Mehta is an internationally trained dentist. She completed her dental school training in India before initiating an internship in endodontics at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

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