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Coding kit lends ease

September 16, 2013
U.S. Department of Education renewal of ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation as a nationally recognized accrediting agency “is critical in support of CODA's mission to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of accreditation standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs,” said Dr. Kent L. Knoernschild, CODA chair.

“Currently over 50,000 students attend a total of 1,449 programs nationwide. As the only specialized accrediting agency for dentistry recognized by the Department of Education through its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, CODA's accreditation process assures students graduate from programs that meet nationally-accepted educational standards,” Dr. Knoernschild said.

“Department of Education recognition of CODA's efforts in support of educational programs certainly benefits the students who attend these programs and the public who receives care from graduates of these programs.”

CODA's scope of recognition is for “the accreditation of predoctoral dental education programs (leading to the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree), advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs that are fully operational or have attained 'Initial Accreditation' status, including programs offered via distance education,” the renewal letter said.

Renewal through July 23, 2017 was based on recommendations of Department of Education staff and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity “under Sections 114 and 496 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, and pursuant to relevant statutory and regulatory provisions,” the letter said.

The USDE has granted CODA accreditation authority for dental education since 1952. For more information visit the CODA Web page at .

A one-stop resource is available for documenting dental procedures and understanding today’s complex coding system: The ADA’s CDT 2014/Dental Coding Made Simple Kit.

The ADA’s CDT 2014/Dental Coding Made Simple Kit. (K214) is available at $75 for members and $112.50 retail. A $10 savings is also available using promo code 13133 through Oct. 15.

The kit combines two products: CDT 2014: Dental Procedure Codes (J014) and Dental Coding Made Simple: Resource Guide and Training Manual, 2013-2014 (J443).

CDT 2014 includes updated information such as:

• 29 new procedure codes;

• 18 revised procedure codes;

• four deleted procedure codes;

• seven changes to the subcategories and their descriptors.

For more information or to place an order visit or call 800.947.4746.