12/01/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/01/2021 10:33
Continue reading for answers to commonly asked questions around CPT codes. Use the table of contents below to jump ahead to any question.
CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology. It is a set of codes created by the American Medical Association (AMA®) to standardize how medical procedures are recorded in a medical chart.
CPT codes are one of the primary ways that both public and private medical providers and healthcare institutions can report the services they have provided to patients to the government and insurance companies for reimbursement purposes. CPT codes are part of the national coding system under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Want to learn more about standardized code sets including CPT, LOINC®, SNOMED®, ICD-10-CM? Check out this downloadable guide.
CPT codes are maintained by the CPT Editorial Board, a part of the AMA, and are updated once a year. The new codes are released annually in November, and go into effect on the following January 1. The editorial board meets three times a year to review applications for new codes.
CPT codes are five characters long and are usually numeric, although some may be alphanumeric depending on what category they fall into.
The CPT manual is divided into three categories, each with distinct purposes outlined below:
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