Code Maintenance Committee asks for input on CDT 2015

Casting a ballot: Members of the Code Maintenance Committee vote on a change to CDT 2014 at their meeting at ADA Headquarters in 2013. The CMC will meet Feb. 27-March 1 to discuss CDT 2015.

ADA member dentists and others in the dental community have the chance to weigh-in on proposed changes to the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature at the Code Maintenance Committee meeting.

The CMC will meet at ADA Headquarters in Chicago Feb. 27-March 1 to address 119 requests for CDT Code additions and other changes. Accepted requests will be incorporated into CDT 2015. The meeting will begin with an open forum, where request submitters and other interested parties are invited to comment on any of the actions on the agenda.

“This is a great opportunity for members to contribute to one of the ADA’s most important pieces of intellectual property,” said Dr. Andrew Vorrasi, CMC chair.

“The CDT Code touches every dentist in every practice, and a robust, unambiguous code set supports accurate patient records and claims submissions.”

Following the public forum, the CMC will move into its business session, which is open to observers.

The 21 voting members of the CMC will then decide which requests to accept and which to decline.

“More than a third of the change requests came from practicing dentists,” Dr. Vorrasi said. “This is a living, breathing document that we want members and other interested groups to be a part of maintaining.”


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.

For more information vist the CMC page.

At the 2013 CMC meeting, 58 changes were voted on to incorporate into CDT 2014: 32 additions, 22 revisions and four deletions.

To purchase a copy of CDT 2014, visit The hard copy book (J014) is $39.95 for members and $59.95 for nonmembers; the e-book (J014D) is $29.95 for members and $44.95 for nonmembers; and the book and e-book bundle (J014D) is $49.95 for members and $69.95 for nonmembers.

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