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Last call for change requests for CDT 2016

Nov. 1 is deadline for suggesting additions, revisions or deletions to Code

October 20, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund

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For your immediate coding needs: As the Code Maintenance Committee continues revising and updating CDT 2016, purchase CDT 2015 for coding reference in the meantime.
The deadline for submitting a change request for CDT 2016 is Nov. 1.

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 39 submissions; 19 of which are from dentists and other individuals in the dental community and six  from a dental specialty organization. The ADA has also submitted a handful of change requests.

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.

"The strength of the process and the credibility of the codes in the publication comes from the involvement of dentists," said Dr. Charles Hoffman, CMC chair. "The CDT is the dentists' book so we encourage dentists to participate in the process and have their say in what their book says."

The CMC meets March 5-7 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago, and the meeting is open to the public.

To learn more about the process and to download a change request form, visit ADA staff members are also available to answer questions about the CDT Code by contacting the Association's toll free number or emailing

Immediate dental procedure coding needs can be satisfied by the suite of CDT 2015 publications. CDT 2015 comes in three formats: a 180-page book (J015), $39.95 for members and $59.95 retail; an e-book (J015D), $29.95 for members and $44.95 retail; and a print and e-book bundle (J015B), $49.95 for members and $69.95 retail.

The new CDT 2015 Companion features a new chapter that links frequently used CDT codes with possible diagnosis codes. This supports dentists whose patients have systemic conditions and dental benefit plans that provide additional reimbursement for certain procedures.

For example, reporting diabetes or pregnancy on the claim can trigger coverage for additional prophylaxes.

Purchased separately, the 242-page CDT 2015 Companion workbook (J445) is $49.95 for members and $74.95 retail. The e-book version (J445D) is $39.95 for members and $59.95 retail; the print and e-book bundle (J445B) is $59.95 for members and $84.95 retail.

More information about these product offerings is available online at or by calling 1-800-947-4746.