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CDT Practical Guide wins gold EXCEL award; ADA News, ADA Catalog also receive honors from national panel

ADA News, the ADA Catalog and the 2011-2012 edition of CDT: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Procedure Codes were all recipients of EXCEL Awards from the Board of Directors of Association Media and Publishing for material published last year.

The most current CDT: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Procedure Codes earned a Gold EXCEL Award for books: technical book. The Current Dental Terminology manual is in its 8th edition and contains the Code on Dental Procedure and Nomenclature. It’s an educational tool to help dentists, dental office staff and third-party payers communicate accurate information on dental procedures and services. It also includes more than 100 commonly asked coding questions and a glossary of dental and insurance terms.

“The Council on Dental Benefit Programs is very excited to have the CDT: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Procedure Codes recognized with this fantastic award,” said Dr. Christopher Smiley, CDBP chair. “We on the council believe the guide is a necessity in every dental practice and an important resource for dentists to have when coding procedures. We’re glad the Board of Directors of Association Media and Publishing highlighted such a user-friendly manual in its awards this year.”

The 2011 ADA Annual Catalog received the Silver EXCEL Award for special publications: membership directory/buyers. The catalog is one-stop shopping for professional resources, patient education materials and other products.

A Bronze EXCEL Award was presented to the ADA News for the story “Illinois Mission of Mercy: Volunteers Provide $1 Million in Care During the Two-Day Event.” The story—which won in the category newspapers: feature article: more than 50,000 circulation—was published June 21, 2010, and written by Stacie Crozier, ADA News associate editor.

Ms. Crozier’s story documented a MOM event in Bloomington, Ill., where more than $1 million in free dental care was provided to 1,953 patients. She interviewed patients, dentists, volunteers and others who participated, giving the reader a complete picture of what went on during the two-day clinic.

“This year’s competition featured an extraordinary number of high-quality entries, but yours stood out from the rest as truly representing the best and the brightest in the association community,” said Amy Lestition, Association Media and Publishing executive director. “We’re proud to honor your work and inspiration.”

Each group will be recognized June 1 at the 31st Annual EXCEL Awards Gala in Washington. ADA Publishing was notified of the awards April 14.

“We’re very pleased to be honored by the leading organization of association publishers,” said Michael Springer, managing vice president of publishing at the ADA. “It highlights the good work ADA staff does every day on behalf of our members.”