To make Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) data readily accessible to the thousands of organizations that use it, the AMA collaborates with vendors who distribute CPT to end users (e.g., hospitals, payers) of their products.
Because different vendors have different needs, there’s more than 1 way to collaborate with the AMA. Review the different models to determine which one is right for your organization.
Model for vendors delivering solutions with CPT included
If your organization wants to embed CPT in your product(s), you should apply to become an authorized CPT Distributor. The procedure is straightforward and the AMA encourages easy access to CPT data.
If your organization already includes CPT data in a product that you deliver to customers, and you do not already have a Distribution License from the AMA you are infringing the AMA’s copyright in the CPT work, which can have serious financial and legal consequences. Contact us today to initiate the distribution licensing process.
Model for vendors whose clients enter CPT into systems
If your end users/customers of your product input or upload CPT data into your product, all users of that product require a CPT license. The AMA provides free communication tools that you can use to help your end users/customers obtain accurate, current and properly licensed CPT data. Register today to learn more and access these tools.
The AMA user proxy model
With the goal of more accurate and consistent licensing of CPT, the AMA introduced the user proxy model—a method of approximating Users using base metrics—and a toolkit to determine users.
The AMA uses standard health industry data for the purposes of determining the appropriate number of users for licensing CPT. The sources of data include, but are not limited to, HIMSS Analytics, the American Hospital Association, CMS Attestation Reports and information available in the public domain.