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Code Maintenance Committee makes updates for CDT 2016

April 06, 2015

By Kelly Soderlund

Yay or nay: Dr. Marie Schweinebraten, who represents the American Academy of Periodontology on the Code Maintenance Committee, raises her voting card March 5 during the group’s meeting.
Nineteen additions, 12 revisions and eight deletions.

That's the numbers roundup from the Code Maintenance Committee meeting, held March 5 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago. The 21 voting members of the CMC examined 74 requests for additions and other changes to the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature. The results from the meeting will be incorporated into CDT 2016.

"The CMC is a very knowledgeable, experienced group of dentists, representing the ADA, all the specialty groups and organizations," said Dr. Charles Hoffman, CMC chair. "This group is able to discuss, debate and approve or disapprove CDT code submission in a very fair and efficient manner. On occasion we agree to disagree and a majority vote determines the outcome of the submission."

About 30 observers attended the meeting and some spoke during the public comment section, providing their opinions or suggestions on code changes. Dentists and other interested parties are able to comment as each of their submissions is considered, allowing CMC members the opportunity to ask questions regarding the rationale for a particular request.

"Transparency is an integral part of the code approval process, and the public forum component of the meeting ensures that all interested parties have the opportunity to express their position," Dr. Hoffman said.

The CDT Code is ADA intellectual property and named by the federal government as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standard for reporting dental services on claims. The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs established the CMC to ensure that all stakeholders have an active role in evaluating and voting on CDT Code changes.

The ADA chairs the meeting and has five votes; each specialty organization plus the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Education Association have one vote each; and each payer organization has one vote each.

The CMC is taking submissions for incorporation into CDT 2017 until Nov. 1. For more information, visit To purchase the latest version of the CDT, visit