Tuesday, February 21, 2023

ADA Task force seeking dental community’s comments on CDT Code enhancement

One of the benefits of belonging to the ADA (and there are many) is the work of the CDT Task Force.  CDT (Common Dental Terminology) is the insurance code numbers that offices use when billing procedures to insurance companies.  Obviously, having a standardized list of procedural codes streamlines things such as predetermination of benefits and actual billing for procedures performed.

Recently the ADA News has announced that the Enhanced CDT Task Force is asking for comments on updating the CDT codes.  If you are a practitioner and you have ever wanted a new code or a better definition of an existing one, this is your chance!  Rather than complaining, you can now make your voice heard!  Here is the info from the ADA News.  If you'd like to read the full article, follow the link.  

 Deadline for submitting feedback is March 2023

The ADA’S Enhanced CDT Task Force is seeking comment from the entire dental community on the proposed framework of dental procedure code modifiers, which would complement — not replace — the CDT Code’s current “Dxxxx” format.

There will be a five-month open comment period beginning this month and continuing through March 2023.

The next Enhanced CDT public comment session is scheduled to convene on Feb. 28 from 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Central. Connection information and more information about the project is posted online at Enhanced CDT | American Dental Association (ada.org).

The ongoing project’s goal is to review and enhance the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature‚ often called the CDT Code, so that it better serves current and evolving needs for robust patient records and accurate claim submissions, said Jessica Stilley-Mallah, D.M.D., chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs.

Dr. Stilley-Mallah added that the CDT Code has not had a structural enhancement since it was first published in 1969. 

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