Recorded Seminar

Understanding CDT Codes

Dr. Christopher SmileySpeaker: Christopher Smiley, DDS
Fee: $35/MDA Members and Staff; $65/Non-Members
CE Credits: 1

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Coding the right way will help assure practice success and avoid clerical errors that could be interpreted as abusive in a payer audit. This program will address the CDT Code; its nomenclatures and descriptors; the need to code for what you do; how to properly report care to third party payers; new codes for 2021; and how you can help shape the Code to address gaps you have found. Learn to code the right way to assure success and profitability!

Learning objectives:

  • Address new codes and revisions for 2021.
  • Describe the meaning of key fields on a claim form.
  • Discover how the code is developed and how to submit suggestions to address gaps in the code.

This course counts toward the Certified Dental Business Professional program.
Click here for more information on the MDA Certified Dental Business Professional program. Earn one credits in the Insurance Benefits/Coding category.

About the Speaker … Dr. Chris Smiley is a past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, where he was a member of the ADA Code Revision Committee that developed and maintained the CDT Code. He is also a past chair of the Dental Quality Alliance. Chris has lectured and has published articles on patient-centered care, evidence-based care, quality improvement in health care, and dental benefit issues. Additionally, Dr. Smiley served as chair of the ADA’s Evidence-Based Dentistry Expert panel on Management of Periodontal Disease and was the lead author of the systematic review and clinical guidelines published in JADA. He is a past moderator of the ADA EBD Champions Conference. He recently represented dentistry on an expert panel for the Santa Fe Group’s webinar “Why Oral Health Collaboration is Essential to Overall Health Outcomes.” Dr. Smiley is currently editor of the Michigan Dental Association.