Jeremy-Hedrick-headshotBy Board Chair Jeremy Hedrick, Careington International

Industry Collaboration and more

As the voice of the dental benefits industry, NADP frequently collaborates with key stakeholders to promote and advance our mission. Every year, NADP participates in vital spring and summer meetings with multiple organizations we work with.


This past month the NADP Board of Directors held its annual meeting with the American Dental Association in Chicago.  We discussed multiple topics ranging from public policy perspectives, the ADA system hack, and updates on the dental benefits industry.

We discussed public policy perspectives that are mutually beneficial for plans and providers, including independent purchase of dental benefits on federal marketplaces and expansion of adult dental benefits in Medicaid and Medicare.

The ADA clarified that the recent hack did not publish or release ADA member data. Thus, there is no concern about utilizing dentist information to access carrier portals.

NADP provided an overview of the Association and available research on the benefits market. ADA asked questions regarding annual maximum levels, employer preferences in deciding if/how to offer dental benefits, and industry expectations for the employer offer and funding of benefits in the tight labor market. NADP provided background on these topics and the employer approach to benefits.


NADP has presented at the Group Underwriters Association conference regarding dental benefits for the past few years. This effort has helped increase understanding of the importance and value of dental benefits. This year Executive Director Eme Augustini presented at the GUAA conference on May 23-24 in Newport, Rhode Island.


NADP is an industry leader in the development and advancement of quality measures.  Next month, NADP will represent our membership at the Dental Quality Alliance meeting in Chicago on June 1-3.


To ensure our members’ business operations run smoothly, NADP represents the dental benefits industry at X12 Summer Standing meetings. X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute, develops and maintains EDI standards, which drive business processes globally.  NADP will represent our members during the summer meeting, June 26-30, in San Antonio, Texas.

Additional Updates

CDT Licensing Program

Renewal of annual CDT Licenses is underway. Through the NADP CDT Licensing Program, our members save 20-25% on annual fees and receive the file of the new codes early. NADP is staying in close contact with the ADA regarding the release of the 2023 Codes, but we expect delayed delivery this year because of the recent technical issues. Meanwhile, NADP continues to bill members for license fees and collects enrollment information to create invoices. If you have not yet received your invoice or want to know more about this program, contact Director of Membership Rene Chapin.


Current registration is comparable to our previous in-person conferences. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you face-to-face in Saint Louis! As a reminder, Early Bird registration expires May 31. See the updated schedule with session topics.

Executive Director Search

NADP has hired the Korn Ferry consultant firm to search for the next executive director. Korn Ferry performed the last search and is familiar with NADP and our programs. The Board also updated them on changes at NADP since the previous search. Korn Ferry has a strong presence in the healthcare sector and will soon begin the process of screening candidates.

As the above list of activities indicates, NADP focuses on the continued success of our organization and industry. Should you have any questions about the direction of NADP, please get in touch with me.

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