Dentists should prepare for 2016 dental code changes

The ADA has released a resource that provides updated information to dentists on all of the latest dental code changes that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

CDT 2016 provides accurate and up-to-date ADA dental procedure codes. Dentists who rely on old information may experience unexpected claim denials or reimbursement delays. Code changes for 2016 include 19 new codes, 12 revised codes and eight deleted codes. CDT 2016 is the only HIPAA-recognized code set for dentistry.

CDT 2016 contains:

• New codes to reflect technological advances in dentistry.
• New and revised diagnostic codes for radiography for more accurate reporting.
• New denture codes that allow for greater coding specificity.
• Revised anesthesia codes to simplify reporting for general anesthesia and intravenous conscious sedation.

CDA encourages all dental offices to get a new code book. Dental codes are updated annually.

For more information, visit ebusiness.ada.org.

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