CDA encourages dentists to prepare for CDT 2020 dental code additions, revisions and deletions that go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The new year will bring 37 new and five revised codes, plus six deleted codes.
While dental plans are required to recognize current CDT codes, it is important to keep in mind that they are not required to pay for or provide benefits for the new or revised codes. Dentists should review each dental plan’s payment and processing guidelines to determine whether benefits will be payable. Typically, plans will start sending updates about policy changes for the new year in late October and early November.
In addition, there will be periodontal category descriptor revisions.
– If two contiguous teeth have areas of soft tissue recession, each area of recession tooth is a single site.
– Depending on the dimensions of the defect, up to two contiguous edentulous tooth positions may be considered a single site.
There are also 15 editorial (e.g., syntax spelling) actions that clarify without changing the CDT Code entry’s purpose or scope. CDA encourages all billing dentists to obtain a current copy of the American Dental Association CDT 2020 procedure codes, which are available for purchase through the ADA at adacatalog.org. It is recommended that all dental offices have a current copy to assist with proper claim billing.
Additionally, when coding, dentists must code for the work that was done, not for what is covered under the patient’s benefit plan.
For inquiries about dental code changes, contact the ADA at 312.440.2500 or [email protected].
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