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Code Maintenance Committee (CMC)

CMC Members

CDBP established its Code Maintenance Committee to ensure that all stakeholders have an active role in evaluating and voting on CDT Code changes. It is the body that votes to accept, amend or decline requests. The CMC is expected to arrive at decisions that are in the best interests of the profession and patients, and third-party payers/administrators. CMC membership is:

  • Five representatives from the American Dental Association, one of whom will serve as chair
  • One representative from each of the nine recognized dental specialty organizations
    • American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
    • American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
    • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
    • American Academy of Periodontology
    • American Association of Endodontists
    • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • American Association of Public Health Dentistry
    • American College of Prosthodontics
  • One representative from the Academy of General Dentistry
  • One representative from each of the following third-party payer organizations
    • America's Health Insurance Plans
    • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • Delta Dental Plans Association
    • National Association of Dental Plans
  • One representative from the American Dental Education Association

Next CMC Meeting

The next annual CMC meeting is scheduled to convene at ADA Headquarters in Chicago on March 3 - March 5, 2016 (Thursday-Saturday).  Proceedings begin on March 3rd at 8:30 AM in the 2nd floor Auditorium.  The meeting will formally adjourn when the CMC has addressed all agenda items, which may be accomplished in less than the three days set aside.

This is an open meeting that includes public comment and discussion of any CDT Code action request before the committee, and where CMC member organization representatives discuss and vote to accept or take other action on each item on the agenda.

Past CMC Meeting Action Reports

The following reports document decisions on all action requests submitted for consideration at annual CMC meetings.  Accepted submissions are included in the CDT Code version identified.  These reports are for download by any member of the dental community, or the public at large.  The two types of reports are:

1. Substantive Actions – Contains requests from dentists and others in the dental community for new codes, deletions of existing codes, and significant revisions to existing CDT Code entries.

2. Editorial Actions – Contains the CMC’s corrections to grammatical and format errors in existing entries that do not affect purpose or scope.

 March 2015 - Action Requests for CDT 2016

February 2014 - Action Request for CDT 2015

Contact Information

Telephone: ADA Members, please use the toll-free number on the back of your membership card; Direct dial, 312.440.2500.
Email: dentalcode@ada.org