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Prevailing Fee

The prevailing fee is the amount most dentists within a geographical area charge for a treatment or service. Our standard level of screening is the 80th percentile. Groups may also choose 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th, 85th, 90th, 95th or 99th percentile.

We screen a charge based on the following information:

  • Provider zip code
  • Date of Service
  • Procedure code

Our screening data is updated every six months. Principal Life uses its own data plus data from a third-party resource to screen charges. This third-party resource collects charges from many insurance companies, which gives more credibility to our own statistics.

Content Last Updated: 07/18/2011