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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

Registration is now open for the CPT Editorial Panel meeting which will take place at the JW Marriott Hotel in Austin, Texas, September 29 - October 1, 2016. 

We have included a list of alternate hotels in close proxmimity to the JW Marriott in case rooms are not available for all of the days that you need during the meeting.

A preliminary schedule for the CPT Editorial Panel meeting is available.  This schedule is subject to change if circumstances require.  The Pubic Meeting Agenda listing the items to be discussed at the meeting will be posted to this site July 29th.

Important Dates and Deadlines for the Upcoming CPT Editorial Panel Meeting:

Dates of the upcoming CPT Editorial Panel Meeting Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2016
Location of upcoming CPT Editorial Panel Meeting JW Marriott, Austin, Texas
Deadline for Submitting Coding Change Applications June 29, 2016
Deadline for posting the meeting agenda to the public AMA/CPT website July 29, 2016
Online registration opens for the Editorial Panel meeting TBD
Online registration opens for Hotel lodging TBD
Deadline for submitting coding change application for the February 2017 CPT Editorial Panel meeting November 9, 2016

The Calendar of Upcoming CPT Editorial Panel meetings shows the meeting dates through September, 2017, locations and other dates pertinent to each meeting.

Copies of the slides that accompanied the February 2016 CPT/HCPAC Annual Meeting presentations are available for you to view or download.

Telehealth Services Workgroup

The AMA is pleased to announce the formation of a CPT® Telehealth Services Workgroup, which will be chaired by members of the CPT Editorial Panel. The workgroup will be comprised of relevant medical specialties/organizations and industry stakeholders. The workgroup will recommend additions and changes to the CPT code set related to medical services utilizing telehealth technology. The charge of this ad-hoc workgroup is to:

  1. Recommend solutions for the reporting of current non-telehealth services when using remote telehealth technology (to include but not limited to E/M services). Considerations will include potential new codes, use of current codes without or with modifier, add-on code(s).
  2. Address the accuracy of current code set in describing the services provided when telehealth data is reviewed and analyzed, including potential code set revisions and/or education for:
    1. Appropriate code use (e.g., E/M versus data analysis codes);
    2. Potential code development to report analysis of transmitted data;
    3. Definition of data types whose interpretation will require differentiation and consideration of separate reporting of current E/M services/codes
    4. Potential new E/M services codes based on emerging new patterns for sites of service.
  3. Recommend whether any other telehealth service codes should be developed based upon services currently being provided.
  4. Develop new introductory language or modify existing introductory language to guide coding of telehealth services.

The workgroup will also help facilitate discussions with key stakeholders who may wish to bring forward telehealth services applications for consideration. According to the CPT Editorial Panel AdHoc Workgroup Organizational Structure and Processes guidance, all workgroup recommendations will be presented in a Code Change Application(s) for consideration by the CPT Editorial Panel. Participation in the Telehealth Services Workgroup does not preclude the submission of a separately developed code change application for consideration by the Editorial Panel.

If you are interested in participating in the CPT Telehealth Services Workgroup, please submit a written statement that provides your rationale for participation in this workgroup and a brief description of your particular expertise that would ensure the success of the workgroup. Please submit your written response with the relevant information by September 4, 2015, to telehealth@ama-assn.org by return email.

If selected, you will be notified via email by AMA staff of upcoming Telehealth Services Workgroup meetings, which will include one or more teleconference meetings among workgroup members (specific dates to be determined). In addition, a face-to-face meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA during the October 2015 CPT Editorial Panel meeting.

The workgroup seeks input from individuals who can provide the technical expertise regarding telehealth services to assure the ongoing relevance of the CPT code set. Participation in this workgroup is limited to parties with demonstrated expertise relevant to current telehealth technology and the clinical procedural aspects of telehealth services/procedures. Participants are expected to perform or represent those who perform the services under consideration by the workgroup and have the expertise and interest necessary to contribute to the workgroup. Participation is intended to provide expertise relating to general categories of telehealth and not to advance the proprietary interests of specific parties. As such, preference will be granted to professional and trade organizations that reflect a category of telehealth services rather than a single product. Applicants will be notified of the composition of the Telehealth Services Workgroup during the week of September 14-18.

Sign up to receive email notices on upcoming open meetings of the Telehealth Workgroup.

View some background information on Telehealth Services.

Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup (MPCW)

Slides from the May 2016 meeting of the MPCW are available.

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.

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.