New dental CDT codes: 8 tied to COVID-19 effective immediately

The Code Maintenance Committee has accepted and approved the inclusion of eight pandemic-related CDT procedure codes in CDT 2021, reports the American Dental Association.

A suite of COVID-19 codes concerning vaccine administration were presented to and approved by the Code Maintenance Committee. The CDT Code already contains entries for documenting antigen and antibody testing.

The new codes related to COVID-19 are:
• D1701: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration — first dose.
• D1702: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration — second dose.
• D1703: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration — first dose.
• D1704: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration — second dose.
• D1705: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine administration — first dose.
• D1706: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine administration — second dose.
• D1707: Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine administration.
• D0606: Molecular testing for a public health-related pathogen, including coronavirus.

In total, the committee approved the addition of 16 new codes, six deletions and 13 revisions for the 2022 CDT Code, including:

• The addition of codes related to sleep apnea treatment.
• Revision of the Limited Orthodontic Treatment subcategory descriptor to clarify that there are only two types of orthodontic treatments.
• The addition of codes regarding the placement and removal of temporary anchorage devices requiring a flap or without a flap.

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