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CPT - Current Procedural Terminology

CPT® is registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

The CPT Editorial Panel is engaged in an ongoing process improvement effort which currently includes re-examination of the CPT Category I and Category III criteria. Based on these efforts periodic changes to this website should be expected. Please be sure to contact CPT staff if you have any questions.

CPT® RUC Schedule

Calendar for the CPT Editorial Panel process and the AMA-Specialty Society RVS Update process

CPT® Editorial Panel Meeting

Register to attend the CPT Editorial Panel Meeting on February 5-7, 2015, at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego, CA.  A preliminary agenda is available for you to download.

Reservations for the Westin Gaslamp Hotel may be made online or by calling (800) 937-8461.If you are unable to secure lodging at the Westin for the period of time that you will be attending the meeting, we have prepared a list of alternate hotels that are in close proximity to the meeting.

The Proposed Panel Agenda for the February 2015 CPT Editorial Panel Meeting is available for downloading. The items in this agenda will likely change between now and the time of the Panel meeting.  Please check back periodically to see if the agenda has been updated or modified.  The Proposed Panel Agenda for February 2015 CPT Editorial Panel Agenda was last updated Dec. 15, 2014.

Calendar of Upcoming CPT Editorial Panel meetings shows the meeting dates through February, 2016, locations, and other dates pertinent to each meeting.

Apply Now for ADLT

In light of coding provisions within the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), the AMA staff would like to encourage all stakeholders whose tests are paid as of April 1, 2014, by Medicare and may qualify as Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (ADLTs) to submit applications for consideration by the CPT Editorial Panel.  PAMA defines an ADLT as a clinical diagnostic laboratory test that is offered and furnished only by a single laboratory and not sold for use by a laboratory other than the original developing laboratory.  In addition, the test must meet one of the following criteria:

  • the test is analysis of multiple biomarkers of DNA, RNA, or proteins combined with a unique algorithm to yield a single patient-specific result; or
  • the test is cleared or approved by the FDA.

The AMA staff will be working with each applicant to ensure a cohesive and transparent code change application process.  The deadline for submission of code change applications for the February 2015 CPT Editorial Panel meeting has been extended for these ADLTs to Friday, November 21, 2014.  To receive further information regarding this effort, please notify us immediately if you believe that your test qualifies and you would like to submit an application for inclusion in this consideration by the CPT Editorial Panel.  The application that should be used is available on the AMA website.

Quantitative Drug Testing Workgroup (QDTW)

The Quantitative Drug Testing Workgroup Notice contains the new, revised and deleted codes in the Drug Testing, Therapeutic Drug Assay, and Chemistry sections. These codes will be effective January 1, 2015.

CPT® Process - How a Code Becomes a Code

Did you ever wonder how CPT codes are created and how the code set is maintained? This section provides a brief overview and history of CPT, the process of code request submission and review, and the roles that the Panel and Advisory Committee groups have in the process.

CPT® Process Rules

The CPT Process Rules documents are provided for reference for those individuals participating in the CPT Editorial or Workgroup processes to provide an understanding of the standards and expectations in place to ensure the integrity and quality of the CPT Code process and the resulting CPT code set.

These are the current versions of the CPT Process Rules Documents. The CPT Editorial Panel is engaged in an ongoing process improvement effort which currently includes re-examination of the CPT Category I and Category III criteria. Based on these efforts periodic changes to this website should be expected. Please be sure to contact CPT staff if you have any questions.

CPT CodeBridge™

Transforming Molecular Diagnostic Testing and Advancing Personalized Medicine

CPT CodeBridge™ is new system to map Z-Code™ Identifiers to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes. Detailed information is available on the CPT CodeBridge™ page.

Email Notifications

Sign up to receive email notification when changes are posted to the AMA website for CPT Announcements, Category II codes, Category III codes, Vaccine codes, Errata and Panel Agenda Proposals and Subsequent Actions. You may also receive notice when registration opens for the CPT Editorial Panel meeting.

CPT® Network

The CPT® Network is an internet-based system that provides members and subscribers the tools to quickly research a database of commonly asked questions and clinical examples (vignettes). If the answer to a specific question cannot be found in the database, authorized users will have the capability to submit an electronic inquiry using a standardized form directly to the staff of CPT coding experts.

CPT® products and services

Information on AMA's CPT Products and Services. Downloadable copies of the CPT, ICD-9-CM and HCPCS files are available for purchase.

CPT® Licensing

The AMA is committed to making CPT widely available at low cost. The AMA holds copyright on CPT and use or reprinting of CPT in any product or publication requires a license. License applications are available here.

HCPCS - Special announcements and reports

Information based on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).

ICD-9-CM 2009 product updates and errata

Post-publication updates for the ICD-9-CM products shows the code application names, code(s) affected, and a description of the request. During the time period between now and the Panel meeting, the agenda will, most likely, be modified to reflect changes – additions, deletions or updates.   Please check back frequently for the most up to date information.