Apply for an AMA CPT license annually to keep your systems up-to-date
The health care industry relies on the CPT for critical coding and payment processes. A license from the AMA is required for health care delivery organizations and health information technology vendors who use CPT in their products (e.g., software).
Health care delivery organizations must license CPT for use within their organizations. Each organization must have a license for each system that contains CPT. The CPT data file is updated annually and a new license is required for each year’s new file.
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The AMA holds copyright in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) and use or reprinting of CPT in any product or publication requires a license. Licensing is on a per product/per User basis.
What is considered authorized use of CPT data files
Regardless of the department an individual works in, each individual User that has direct or indirect access to the CPT data set is required to have a CPT data license. AMA licenses each annual release of the CPT data file.
How AMA defines a User for CPT licensing
A "User" is defined as an individual who:
- Accesses, uses or manipulates CPT Editorial Content contained in the Electronic Licensed Product; or
- Accesses, uses or manipulates the Electronic Licensed Product to produce or enable an output (data, reports or the like) that could not have been created without the CPT Editorial Content embedded in the Electronic Licensed Product even though CPT Editorial Content may not be visible or directly accessible; or
- Makes use of an output of the Electronic Licensed Product that relies on or could not have been created without the CPT Editorial Content embedded in the Electronic Licensed Product even though CPT Editorial Content may not be visible or directly accessible
Data files licenses are for use by a specified number of Users and are permitted to be integrated into HIT applications for use by the specified number of Users licensed, regardless of whether the application is internally developed or is developed by a 3rd party. Such 3rd party applications include, but are not limited to: EPIC®, McKesson STAR™, Series 2000™ or Paragon®.
There are some instances that allow CPT data to be used without a license. Please refer to the U.S. Copyright Laws, Section 107 for more information on what is considered fair use. Please contact the AMA if you have further questions about whether a CPT license is required.