Two New Codes
Support State Efforts to Improve Access to Dental Services
The October 2012 version of the American Dental Association's Current Dental Terminology (CDT) includes two new codes for diagnostic services that do not specify a dentist as the rendering provider. CMS believes these services will support states in their efforts to maximize the ability of all healthcare professionals, operating within the scope of state practice acts, to serve Medicaid and CHIP enrollees. The two new codes are:
D0190 - Screening of a patient
A screening, including state or federally mandated screenings, to determine an individual's need to be seen by a dentist for a diagnosis.
D0191 - Assessment of a patient
A limited clinical inspection that is performed to identify possible signs of oral or systemic disease, malformation, or injury, and the potential need for referral for diagnosis and treatment.