Trusted for more than 50 years, the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set drives communication across health care by enabling the seamless processing and advanced analytics for medical procedures and services. CPT® is also the code to medicine’s future. Constantly updated by the CPT® Editorial Panel with insight from clinical and industry experts, the CPT® code set reflects the latest innovations and helps to improve the delivery of care.

Use CPT® codes to comply with the Price Transparency Rule

AMA recommends hospitals use CPT consumer-friendly descriptors to comply with the requirement of the final rule for a plain language description of services.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has several resources to help accurately bill procedures and services with the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes.

Visit the AMA Store for coding resources from the authoritative source on the CPT code set. You’ll find print and digital versions of the codebook, online coding subscriptions, data files and coding packages. View a copy of our digital product catalog.

CPT® Professional Edition

Only the AMA, with the help of physicians and other health care experts, create and maintain the CPT code set. And only CPT® Professional Edition can provide the official guidelines to code medical services and procedures properly. Users can also request a CPT Data File license, which makes it easy to import codes and descriptions into electronic systems.

  • CPT® QuickRef app The fully loaded, award-winning CPT QuickRef app combines the best of the AMA’s CPT content with educational content to help ensure accurate, efficient coding. Individuals can download the free app and register for a 14-day preview, then purchase in-app or through the CPT Professional Edition & CPT QuickRef App Package.

  • CPT® changes: An insider's view Gain a deeper understanding of updates made to the CPT codebook with rationales for, and implications of, the changes and more.

  • CPT® Coding Essentials Each of the eight titles within this series focuses on a subset of specialty-specific CPT codes and provides plain English descriptors, relative value units (RVU), modifiers, CCI edits, related HCPCS codes, ICD-10 crosswalks and more. With these books, readers will better understand the relationship of medical necessity and reimbursement to a specific CPT code.

CPT® Assistant

The official online and print industry newsletter with proper CPT® coding education and guidance for past, present and future code set releases. Articles address the latest medical codes and trends; clinical scenarios; FAQs and anatomical and procedural illustrations, charts and graphs.

CPT Assistant is available three ways:

CPT® Network and CPT® KnowledgeBase for coding inquiries

Quickly research a database of commonly asked questions, use the knowledge base, view clinical examples (vignettes) and submit an electronic inquiry directly to CPT experts. Register or log in to select a package, start using the knowledge base or submit an electronic inquiry.

HCPCS Level II professional edition

By having access to the most current HCPCS codes and regulations, medical billing can be more precise, leading to maximum reimbursement. Users can also request an HCPCS Data File license to receive the codes electronically.

Coding With Modifiers, 6th edition

Real-life modifiers scenarios and redacted medical records guide correct CPT and HCPCS modifier usage so as to avoid costly payment delays and denials.

AMA also publishes a library of ICD-10 titles to help users better understand the increased number of codes and enhanced code specificity of the ICD-10 code set.

RVU search

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offer a free search (CPT code lookup) for RVU for every CPT code.

Users can also request a CPT/RVU Data File license from the AMA to easily import codes and descriptions into existing claims and medical billing systems.

Medicare RBRVS: The Physicians' Guide

This invaluable reference provides the insights, tools and tables needed to understand the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) and how to easily calculate payment schedules accurately.

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