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Code feedback

Forum allows dentists and team members to offer thoughts and suggestions on the CDT Code

November 05, 2012

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

San Francisco—Annual Session attendees had a unique opportunity Oct. 19 to provide input on the CDT Code and the process used to develop and maintain it.

CDT Code Open Forum: Identification and Discussion of Stakeholder Concerns and Recommendations encouraged participants to describe what they think is right and wrong with the CDT Code, what gaps exist and how it can be more useful. Dentists and the public will have another opportunity to provide feedback Feb. 28, 2013, at ADA Headquarters in Chicago, prior to a two-day Code Advisory Committee meeting March 1-2.

“Basically, we want any suggestions you have to make the Code a better Code,” said Dr. James Richeson, outgoing chair of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs, who served on the panel along with Dr. Stephen Ura, chair of the Subcommittee on the Code and CDBP vice chair, and Dr. Dave Preble, CDBP director.

The audience asked questions about diagnostic codes, whether the minutes from the Feb. 28 meeting will be posted online (they will), and about specific codes they have issues with.

Dr. T. Bob Davis, a dentist in Dallas, said he’s had problems finding codes that are specific to the treatment he’s providing, and he often finds himself using a more general code in lieu of another option.

“I realize we don’t want the CDT to be the unabridged dictionary,” Dr. Davis said. “If we could be a little more specific than we are in some categories, that would be helpful, I think.”

Dr. Richeson encouraged the audience to contact the ADA, specifically CDBP council members and staff, with any questions on the CDT Code or dental benefits.

“We depend on that input from members so we can make sure we tailor our services to them,” Dr. Richeson said.

He also encouraged members to fill out a Code request form with their suggestions on new or changes to the Code.

Dr. Richeson said that members can also email questions or suggestions to or