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PSD update on eOrthodontic eDental Programme

14 August 2019

NHS NSS Practitioner Services Division (PSD) is continuing to implement its eDental programme throughout 2019 and has advised that the 1 January 2020 deadline will not be deferred again. 

The eDental programme aims to modernise payment and prior approval processes for dental practices. Mandatory electronic payment claims for all general treatment are now complete. All practices have access to electronic payment reports through PSD’s e-Schedules service. 

Specifications for eOrtho payments/interim payments and prior approval were issued to the two specialist orthodontic system suppliers and all the general practice system suppliers in October 2017. 

The original plan was that all orthodontic cases, whether payment or prior approval, were to be submitted electronically by 1 January 2019. However, due to a lack of progress by either specialist supplier, and following concerns raised by the BDA, the implementation date was deferred until 1 January 2020.

PSD completed development work on their internal system in late 2018 and went live with the system in March 2019. PSD has held orthodontic specialist practices events during 2019 to support dentists.  

The first PMS supplier went live in May 2019 and other practice management system (PMS) suppliers are continuing development work to update their software and implement electronic services. For the current position of each supplier please refer to PSD website.

PMS supplier testing will be undertaken in two parts: 

  1. Fit for Purpose (ffp). Testing will test the technical connections and communication channels between the PMS and PSD. This can only take place once a PMS provider has completed their development and own in house testing and declared themselves ready testing
  2. Accreditation will take place following a successful ffp. The accreditation process is a verification process which allows PSD to test a set of valid business scenarios. 

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