New edition of schedule and glossary released

There is now a 12th edition of the Australian Schedule of Dental Services and Glossary, and it will take effect from 1 April 2017.

The decision to publish another edition so soon after the 11th edition was released in March 2016 was due to concern about the deletion in the previous edition of two item numbers—281 and 282—from the periodontal section relating to periodontal treatment and care.

This concern triggered broad consultation with the affiliates, health funds and individual members who had played a key role in the formulation of these two item numbers. As a result of this consultation process, the decision was taken to create additional item numbers to describe active and non-surgical periodontal treatment, as well as to change the descriptors of other item numbers in the periodontal section of the schedule.

You can read more about the new item numbers here.

You can also read our feature about the issue published in the September issue of Bite magazine.

If you have any questions in relation to the changes in the Schedule or use of item numbers generally, you can contact a member of the ADA’s Schedule and Third Party Committee via 

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