Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) codes are a new addition to the CPT® code set approved by the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel. They are alpha-numeric CPT codes with a corresponding descriptor for labs or manufacturers that want to more specifically identify their test. Tests with PLA codes must be performed on human specimens and must be requested by the clinical laboratory or the manufacturer that offers the test.
Types of PLA Code Tests
The PLA code section includes (but is not limited to) Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (ADLTs) and Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (CDLTs) as defined under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). These analyses may include a range of medical laboratory tests including, but not limited to, Multianalyte Assays with Algorithmic Analyses (MAAA) and Genomic Sequencing Procedures (GSP). The descriptor nomenclature follows, where possible, existing code conventions (e.g. MAAA, GSP).
Apply for CPT PLA Codes
Application submissions are now being accepted for requests for codes to be added to the PLA section of the CPT code set for the winter application cycle ending Jan. 15
Review the new codes in the MAAA Guidelines that include PLA (PDF).
February CPT PLA Agenda
The proposed agenda for the February 2017 CPT® Proprietary Laboratory Analyses Panel meeting identifies the test names and requested descriptions for each test. View the agenda (DOC) for additional information.
CPT® Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) Codes Approved by the CPT Editorial Panel
View the CPT PLA codes with full descriptions, CPT PLA code medium descriptors, and the CPT PLA code short descriptors that were recently approved at the November 22nd CPT Editorial Panel.