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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

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

CPT® Editorial Panel Meeting

Register to attend the upcoming CPT Editorial Panel Meeting which will take place May 15-16, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Rosemont, IL.

When making your hotel reservations, please note that the only general session of the May 2014 CPT Editorial Panel meeting will be held on Friday, May 16th, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We expect to complete the discussion of all Tabs during this one session. Workgroups have been scheduled on May 15th and 16th. See the schedule of events for more specific information.

A limited number of rooms are being held for the meeting attendees. A rate of $169 will be available until April 23rd or until the block of rooms is gone, whichever comes first. Hotel reservations may be made online or by calling (800) 593-5447.


The proposed agenda for the May 2014 CPT Editorial Panel Meeting


A Calendar of Upcoming CPT Editorial Panel meetings showing the meeting dates through May, 2015,  locations, and other dates pertinent to each meeting is now available for you to download and view.

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 Editorial Panel Spinal Issues Workgroup

The CPT® Editorial Panel directed, at the February 2014 Panel meeting, that a workgroup of interested medical specialties/organizations and industry stakeholders be formed to propose refinements to the terminology related to spinal procedures. If you are interested in participating in this workgroup, please review the information in the Spinal Issues Workgroup Announcement.

CPT Workgroups

This listing contains information on workgroups that have been requested by the CPT Editorial Panel.

As indicated in the Ad Hoc Workgroup Organizational Structure and Processes document on the CPT home page, "Participants are expected to provide the workgroup with technical background information regarding relevant proprietary and other products and services and to provide timely and accurate input for the maintenance of the CPT code set. Participation in a CPT workgroup is limited to parties with relevant interest related to current technology and the procedural aspects of the medical procedure(s), service(s), or test(s)".

If there is a topic for which you would like to request the ability to participate, please contact on of the CPT staff listed for that topic.

Literature Requirements Workgroup

This newly established Workgroup seeks input from individuals who can provide the workgroup with technical background information regarding relevant literature standards to assure accurate input for the maintenance of the CPT code set. Participation in this Workgroup is limited to parties with demonstrated expertise relevant to current literature standards. The initial meeting will be held in Phoenix, AZ, during the time of the February CPT Editorial Panel meeting. More details on this workgroup and in submitting a request to participate are available.

CPT CodeBridge™

Transforming Molecular Diagnostic Testing and Advancing Personalized Medicine

CPT CodeBridge™ is new system to map Z-Code™ Identifiers to Current Procedural Terminoloty (CPT®) codes.

As part of CodeBridge, the AMA announces the formation of a Mapping Review Panel (MRP) comprised of members from various industry segments such as independent labs performing molecular services, private payers, professional/industry organizations and EHR developers. Members of the MRP will provide advice and guidance to AMA Staff regarding the mapping process.

Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Presentation Slides

A brief history of the Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup.

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.

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® Assistant coding consultation

Back issues of CPT Assistant are available to AMA members providing answers to frequently asked questions from coding professionals.

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.