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Medicare Advantage

Our newest network will help you attract more patients from the fast-growing number of people opting for Medicare Advantage plans in South Dakota.

Our new South Dakota provider network supports oral health through select Medicare Advantage plans.

Network highlights 

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    Participating providers are reimbursed at their current Delta Dental commercial fee level.

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    Providers already participating in our commercial network are automatically included unless they opt-out.

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    Participating will help you attract and retain patients with dental benefits from the growing number of South Dakotans over age 65.

Patients & claims 

Learn how to:

  • identify Medicare Advantage patients covered by DDSD;
  • look up benefits, eligibility, and claims;
  • submit claims; and
  • contact customer service about Medicare Advantage patients and claims. 

Plan partners 

Wellmark® Blue Cross® Blue Shield® includes dental benefits by Delta Dental of South Dakota in the new Wellmark Advantage Health Plan® beginning January 1, 2022.

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Why Medicare Advantage? 

We believe everyone deserves a healthy smile. Traditional Medicare doesn't cover most dental care, even though it's an important part of oral and overall health.  Establishing a provider network for Medicare Advantage plans will give more than 200,000 South Dakotans over the age of 65 another option to support their oral and overall health.

Learn more below about Medicare Advantage plans, the new Delta Dental Medicare Advantage network, patients and claims, and how to opt-out of the network if you so choose.

Medicare Advantage plans 

A Medicare Advantage plan (sometimes called Part C) is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company approved by the federal Medicare health insurance program. Medicare Advantage plans provide all of the traditional Medicare benefits and often include benefits not traditionally covered by Medicare, like dental, vision and hearing.

Medicare doesn't cover most dental care, nor do Medigap plans, even though it's an important part of oral and overall health.

Offering dental benefits in select Medicare Advantage plans gives older South Dakotans another option and opportunity to support their oral health.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and others.

Those with Medicare coverage have the option to keep traditional Medicare or transition their coverage to a Medicare Advantage plan. This happens at the 65th birthday or during open enrollment each fall. 

As people with employer-based dental plans retire, many look to Medicare Advantage plans for similar dental benefits and network access to continue dental care with their existing provider. 

Just 10% of the 200,000 South Dakotans over the age of 65 currently participate in a Medicare Advantage plan.

Steady growth in Medicare Advantage plans is expected in the coming years. 

Network participation 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified that rules prohibiting payment to providers who have opted out of participation in Medicare don’t apply to supplemental benefits, like dental, provided through Medicare Advantage plans. The policy became effective January 1, 2022.

That means that if you’ve opted out of Medicare through CMS, you can still join the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage network, provide services to Medicare Advantage members who have Delta Dental of South Dakota dental benefits in their plan, and receive reimbursement for covered services.

Participating providers will be reimbursed at their current Delta Dental commercial fee level for Medicare Advantage enrollees.

That's easy! As a current participating member of the Delta Dental of South Dakota provider network, you will be automatically enrolled in the new Medicare Advantage Network.

The Delta Dental of South Dakota Participating Dentist Rules will include a Medicare Advantage Regulatory Amendment unless you choose to opt-out of the Medicare Advantage Network.

Provider requirements are included in the Medicare Advantage Regulatory Amendment, adopted by the DDSD Board of Directors at its May 14, 2021 meeting.
 
The amendment becomes part of the Delta Dental of South Dakota Participating Dentist Rules unless you opt out of the Medicare Advantage network.
 
Please review the amendment for the details of the provider requirements. We think you'll find that most of the requirements are things you're already doing, like getting written consent for non-covered services prior to treatment.

Yes, you have the option to opt-out of the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage Network. Opting out will not affect your current participation in our Premier or PPO Plus Premier commercial network.

Visit the Network opt-out section of this page for more information on opting out of the Medicare Advantage network. 

No. A dentist cannot participate in the Medicare Advantage network only. Participation in our Premier or PPO Plus Premier network is required to participate in the Medicare Advantage network. 

Yes, and we're glad you want to participate! Joining the network is easy - just contact the Professional Relations team at Delta Dental of South Dakota at 877-841-1478 or professionalrelations@deltadentalsd.com

Medicare patients & claims 

Patients with a Medicare Advantage plan with dental benefits from Delta Dental of South Dakota - or someone considering such a plan - will be able to search dentists in the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage Network using the "Find a dentist" tool on our website.

Medicare Advantage plan member cards will have unique identifiers that show they have dental benefits. See detailed information and an example on the Medicare Advantage network Patients and Claims webpage.

Delta Dental of Michigan (DDMI) administers Medicare Advantage claims on behalf of Delta Dental of South Dakota. Information on submitting claims electronically or by mail is available on the Medicare Advantage network Patients and Claims webpage.

Our first Medicare Advantage plan partner is Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is offering a new Wellmark Advantage Health Plan with dental benefits from Delta Dental of South Dakota.

Patients with a Medicare Advantage plan that includes dental benefits through Delta Dental of South Dakota can find information on our Medicare Advantage webpage for members.

Network opt-out 

Yes, you have the option to opt-out of the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage Network. Opting out will not affect your current participation in our Premier or PPO Plus Premier commercial network.

All dentists operating under the same TIN must agree to either participate in the Medicare Advantage network or not, which means all dentists in the practice need to participate or all dentists in the practice must submit an opt-out form. 

To opt-out, complete the online opt-out form and sign the confirmation document that will be emailed to you after submitting the online opt-out form.

Network opt-out

Dentists who want to opt-out of the Medicare Advantage network must complete on online form and electronically sign a confirmation document that indicates the provider has elected to opt-out.

Online opt-out form

Compliance information 

As a Medicare Advantage provider, we are your partner to ensure best practices to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.

Visit this webpage for more information about our compliance responsibilities, a special training presentation deck, and how to report suspected fraud, waste, and abuse. 

Questions?

Contact our Professional Relations team with any questions you have about the new Medicare Advantage network. We're happy to help!

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