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Share opinions, recommendations at CDT Code Open Forum

September 15, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund

Photo of Dr. Riggins with CDT manual
Code dentistry: Dr. Ronald Riggins, chair of the CDBP Subcommittee on the Code, holds a copy of “Dental Coding Made Simple” at a course on CDT 2014 at the ADA annual meeting in New Orleans in 2013.
San Antonio
— An open forum at ADA 2014 will allow dentists, team members and others in the dental community to voice their opinions and recommendations on the CDT Code.

The CDT Code Open Forum (course 7380) is set for 8-9 a.m. Oct. 11 in room 214A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. There is no fee for the forum, and participants can talk with members of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs' Subcommittee on the Code.

Council members want to use the open forum as a way to identify and discuss concerns and recommendations. Participants are encouraged to describe what they think is right or wrong with the CDT Code, what gaps exist, and how it can be more useful.

The Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature is ADA intellectual property and designated by the federal government under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 as the national terminology for reporting dental services for electronic claims.

CDBP's Code Maintenance Committee determines what requested changes are incorporated into each annual version of the CDT Code. The CMC is chaired by CDBP and has 21 voting members from across the dental community, including the ADA and dental specialty and payer organizations.