CPT - Current Procedural Terminology
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
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.
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.
Next Generation/Whole Genome Sequencing Workgroups
The American Medical Association (AMA) CPT Editorial Panel’s Molecular Pathology Work Group is currently working to prepare draft proposals for discussion points on proposed methods to report next generation sequencing (NGS) panels. The following panels/issues have been identified, seven subworkgroups been created for each and volunteers solicited to provide expert input:
- Aortic dysfunction or dilation
- Nonsyndromic hearing loss
- X-linked intellectual disability
- Fetal aneuploidy
- Colon cancer panel
- Whole mitochondrial genome
- Targeted solid organ tumor neoplasm mutations
- Whole exome/genome
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
- Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Presentation Slides Feb, 2014
- Molecular Pathology Coding NextGen Sequencing Workgroup Presentation Slides Oct 2013
- Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Presentation Slides May 2013
- Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Slides February 2013
- May 2012 Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Meeting
- February 2012 Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Meeting
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 Editorial Panel AdHoc Workgroup Organizational Structure and Processes
- Review of CPT Editorial Panel Actions - Requests for Reconsideration
- Application FAQ's
- Statement on Lobbying
- CPT Editorial Panel Conflict of Interest Policy
- CPT Editorial Panel Confidentiality Agreement for Attendance at Meetings
- Guidelines for Medical Specialty Societies' Coding and Nomenclature Committees
- Guidance for CPT HCPAC Advisors
Preparing, Reviewing and Commenting on Applications, Educating your Society and Coordinating with your Society's RUC Advisors
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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.
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
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.