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Prepare for CDT code changes to comply with HIPAA, minimize payment delays in 2021

October 12, 2020 5711

The American Dental Association publishes updates to the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) code set on an annual basis. The codes contain descriptive terms developed and updated by the ADA for reporting dental services and procedures to dental benefit plans. 

The annual code editions help dental professionals maintain compliance with HIPAA regulations. In addition, using the current and correct codes helps providers minimize payment delays, denials and audit liability because dental benefit plans base their payments to dental professionals on the CDT code(s) reported on the ADA claim form.

The CDT 2021 code book can be purchased online through the ADA store.

The ADA is also available to assist tripartite members with CDT coding questions. Email questions or requests to [email protected] or call 800.947.4746.

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