Blue Book

Open Dental has some capability to automatically track out of network (allowed) fee schedules. We call this feature Blue Book. In other software, this is also known as coverage tables or payment tables.

To turn on this automation, in Family Module Preferences check Use Blue Book. This is what will happen:

Note: Be careful when entering out of network fees. Make sure you enter the true allowed amount, not a fee reduced by deductible, etc.

To turn automatic generation of fee schedules off, uncheck the Use Blue Book box. The out of network fees will continue to update automatically, but fee schedules will need to be managed manually.

To clean up unused out of network fee schedules, see Fee Schedules.

Use the Blue Book feature sparingly until we can make improvements. Some of the problems identified are:

Our plan is to no longer show Blue Book fee schedules in the Fee Schedules window. We will instead build a new interface, accessible directly from the Edit Insurance Plan window. The tool should let users see historical trends for each code and fine-tune what the future estimates should be for each code. This is feature request #2099.