ADA, AAPD, AAOMS ask CMS to identify ‘coding solution’ for dental surgeries in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers

Organizations believe doing so could improve patient access

Baltimore — The ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve patient access to dental procedures in hospitals and surgery centers.

In comments filed Sept. 17 with CMS, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., AAPD President K. Jean Beauchamp, D.D.S., and AAOMS President B.D. Tiner, D.D.S., M.D., are requesting that the agency work with the organizations to identify a coding solution to current hospital and ambulatory surgical center billing limitations, which have significantly restricted Medicare and Medicaid patient access to covered dental outpatient surgeries.