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Dr. Charles Stewart Receives Don Mayes Leadership Award

Oct 04, 2018

Stewart_2018_DonMayes_edited National Award Celebrates Volunteer Leadership Spanning 3 or More Years

DALLAS – Charles D. Stewart, DMD, Aetna, was recently honored with National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) Don Mayes Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership of the association’s Codes Sub-Workgroup, which is foundational to the success of the dental benefits industry.

The Don Mayes Leadership Award celebrates outstanding volunteer service in leadership roles for a minimum of three years.  NADP presented the award on Sept. 25 during the Opening Session of CONVERGE 2018, the association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

Under Dr. Stewart’s leadership as chair of the Codes Sub-WorkGroup, NADP successfully navigates the procedural and political aspects of industry representation on the American Dental Association Code Maintenance Committee. Because of his leadership and expertise, NADP is a respected participant in this area. Recently, Dr. Stewart’s expertise was recognized by the ADA requesting that he author a chapter in the CDT Coding Companion Handbook – high praise for a representative from the dental benefits industry.

Dr. Stewart’s leadership has been instrumental in NADP has achieving industry consensus on new and revised CDT Codes and representing the dental benefits industry in key discussions affecting the future of how dental plans and providers conduct business.

Additional NADP Volunteer History and Awards: 

From 2010-2011, Dr. Stewart was a member of the CDT Workgroup, which was part of the Professional Commission (PRC), the predecessor to the Standards and Transaction Initiative Codes WorkGroup and now the Terminology Sub-WorkGroup. In 2012, he became vice chair of the PRC CDT WorkGroup and became chair in 2013. He has remained chair as the CDT Workgroup transitioned to the STI Codes WorkGroup and in 2018 to the Terminology Sub-WorkGroup. As Chair of this workgroup, Dr. Stewart is NADP’s voting representative on the ADA Code Maintenance Committee.

As an active volunteer, Dr. Stewart has also served on the Clinical Workgroup since 2013 and the SNOMED/ICD SWG since 2017.

Dr. Stewart is Aetna’s national director, dental networks and president and CEO of Aetna Dental of California. He previously served as Aetna regional dental director for 26 states. He has also served as manager of dental quality for Assurance at WellPoint Dental Services, where he was responsible for review of all specialty claims and quality of care issues. Prior to WellPoint, he was dental director for FHP; quality assurance consultant and training auditor at PacifiCare Dental, and auditor at Golden West Dental and Vision Plan.

About NADP

National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the “representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry.” NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP’s members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more than 199 million Americans.


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