Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes form the universal system for identifying, describing and reporting medical services for payment. Created more than 50 years ago by the American Medical Association (AMA), these codes are used by consumers to make medical service purchasing decisions.
The development and management of the CPT® code set relies on a rigorous, transparent and open process led by the AMA CPT® Editorial Panel. As the practice of health care changes, new codes are developed for new services, current codes may be revised, and old, unused codes discarded. This process ensures clinically valid codes are issued, updated and maintained on a regular basis to accurately reflect current clinical practice and innovation in medicine.
There are three categories of CPT® codes:
Category I codes are further broken down into six sections:
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