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The American Dental Association (ADA) announced on November 15 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to create a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code G0330 for dental surgeries performed under anesthesia in hospital operating rooms. The new code resulted from an advocacy campaign driven by the ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to improve access to dental surgeries, as recently discussed here.

In a previous letter to CMS in June, the three organizations had noted that limitations on access, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, were affecting high-risk patients who need an operating room setting for extensive dental procedures because of their particular medical conditions.

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