Dental Content Committee (DeCC)

Committee Summary

Dental Content Committee (DeCC) operates as an advisory body that is consulted when the Council on Dental Benefit Programs is considering changes to the ADA Dental Claim Form content or completion instructions. The DeCC is also consulted for changes to the HIPAA standard electronic transactions including the claim form (837D). Decisions on changes to be made remain the Council’s responsibility.

Additionally, the DeCC is a Designated Standard Maintenance Organization (DSMO) as named by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to maintain standards adopted under HIPAA and to receive and process requests to adopt new standards or modify existing standards.

CMS Administrative Simplification Overview 
CMS Enforcement and Compliance with Administrative Simplification Requirements 
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)


American Dental Association, Dr. Stacey Gardner, chair
American Dental Association, Dr. Stephen Morgan, vice-chair
American Dental Association, Dr. Kevin Dens
Aspen Dental, Ms. Theresa Bacon
Delta Dental Plans Association, Ms. Suzanne Achenbaugh 
Patterson Dental, Ms. Mary Beth Swift
National Association of Dental Plans, Mr. Timothy Brown
ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, Ms. Kim Harding
Vyne Dental, Mr. Tom Mort 

Call for Requests for Membership

This notice serves as a call for requests for membership for the following interest categories:

  • General Interest
  • Providers/Provider Organizations
  • Other Business Partners

The “General Interest” has two (2) seats open, “Provider/Provider Organizations”, and “Other Business Partners” each have one (1) seat open. Requests are considered on a rolling basis, submissions received by September 8th, 2023 will be included in the next review period.

View or download the full notice. (PDF)

Public Meetings

Public Meetings The Dental Content Committee will hold public meetings monthly. The DeCC meeting is scheduled to convene on the third Thursday of the month from 12pm to 1pm CT virtually via Zoom.  

Contact Us

The American Dental Association serves as Secretariat for the Dental Content Committee, for inquiries or questions about the DeCC please email