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Change requests sought for CDT 2015

August 19, 2013

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

Nov. 1 is the deadline to submit change requests for CDT 2015.

Each year, the Council on Dental Benefit Programs' Code Maintenance Committee approves additions, revisions and deletions to the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature. Change requests can come from anyone, but they typically are submitted by individual dentists, dental specialty organizations, the ADA and third-party payers. The CMC has already received 18 submissions; 12 of which are from dentists in private practice.

The purpose of the CDT Code is to achieve uniformity, consistency and specificity in accurately reporting dental treatment by dentists. One use of the CDT Code is to provide for the efficient processing of dental claims and another is to populate an Electronic Health Record. In federal regulations published under authority of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the CDT Code is named as the sole standard for reporting dental procedures on electronic claims and the ADA is recognized as the owner responsible for its annual review and maintenance.

ADA staff members are available to answer questions on the CDT Code by contacting the Association toll free or emailing For more information on the maintenance process and how to submit a change request, visit the website.

For more information on ordering CDT 2014: Dental Procedures Codes, click here.