Non assignment is where the patient pays upfront for treatment provided the day of their appointment. Office staff would provide the patient with a receipt to submit to their insurance company, or they may send your payment information electronically to your insurance company for the patients insurance company to reimburse the patient directly.
Dental assignment is where your office can send your invoice electronically or manually for services rendered the day of your appointment ( Direct Billing ) . The insurance company may send back an immediate response on the portion they will cover. The insurance company will then issue a payment to your office for that amount. The office will collect the portion not covered by insurance from the patient, on the day of treatment.