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ADA 2014 course to showcase CDT Code changes, applications

September 15, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund

San Antonio — Learn what changes are coming to the next version of the CDT Code in a course set to help participants better understand the ins and outs of this practice tool.

Changes made to the new Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature are effective Jan. 1, 2015. In this course, attendees will learn the key changes in the new CDT; participate in scenarios where the CDT Code could be used; and identify possible Code misuse and how to appeal denied claims.

CDT 2015: A Look Inside the Code and Claim Submission (course 7395) is scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in room 203 of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. There is no fee and participants are eligible to receive 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Dentists and dental team members who understand how the CDT Code is properly used are able to accurately document dental services and avoid and resolve claim adjudication errors. The CDT Code is ADA intellectual property and the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs oversees its maintenance. The federal government, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, designated the CDT Code as the national terminology for reporting dental services.

Dr. Ronald Riggins, chair of the CDBP Subcommittee on the Code, and Dr. Charles Hoffman, a subcommittee member, will moderate the course.

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. CDT 2015 is also sold as a kit, CDT 2015 Kit (K215) with the CDT Companion 2015: Help Guide and Training Manual (J445).

The CDT Companion 2015 contains more than 150 coding questions and answers, 26 detailed coding exercises and 15 quizzes to shore up a dental team's preparedness for accurate coding. Purchased separately, the 242-page 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.

Bundled as a kit, CDT 2015 and the CDT Companion 2015 are $75 for members and $112.50 retail. The kit also is available in e-book form (K215D), which is $65 for members and $97.50 retail.