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CPT or Current Procedural Terminology is a code set with the trademark of the AMA (American Medical Association). It is maintained by the CPT editorial Panel. The current version of CPT is 2007. What does the CPT describe? It accurately describes,

  • Medical services
  • Surgical services
  • Diagnostic services

All the information regarding the different services are communicated in a very uniform way healthcare providers, among doctors, physicians, patients, coders, Accreditation organization, insurance companies etc.

The three categories of CPT codes:

  • Category I CPT Code(s)
  • Category II CPT Code(s) – Performance Measurement
  • Category III CPT Code(s) – Emerging Technology

CPT is currently identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as Level 1 of the (HCPCS) Health Care Procedure Coding System.

The upcoming CPT Editorial Panel meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7-10, 2008 at the
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA.

General public registration for the meeting can be done at
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/noindex/category/16960.html

There is a free search engine that gives users of CPT the opportunity to perform CPT code searches and also obtain information about Medicare’s relative value payment amount associated with these codes. To use the services go to https://catalog.ama-assn.org/Catalog/cpt/cpt_search.jsp

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