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Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®)

2012AA Current Procedural Terminology Source Information

Web site:
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your- practice/coding-billing-insurance/cpt/about-cpt.page

Authority
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) is a product of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Purpose
CPT codes are used by health care professionals for billing of medical services and procedures to public and private health insurance programs.

Description
CPT is a list of descriptive terms and identifying numeric codes for medical services and procedures that are provided by physicians and health care professionals.

CPT codes are compiled in Level 1 of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). For more information about HCPCS, see the HCPCS source synopsis. The HCPCS version of CPT (HCPT) is also included in the Metathesaurus.

CPT in the Metathesaurus should be used in conjunction with the Metathesaurus CPT Hierarchical Terms (MTHCH) source. For more information about MTHCH, see the MTHCH source synopsis.

Audience
CPT is used by physicians, health practitioners, and health insurance organizations.

Update Frequency
CPT is updated annually by the AMA.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
CPT is updated annually in the Metathesaurus.

Sites Consulted

  1. AMA: American Medical Association [Internet]. Chicago: American Medical Association; c1995-2013. AMA - About CPT®; [cited 2013 May 17]. Available from: http://www.ama- assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your-practice/coding-billing-insurance/cpt/about- cpt.page
  2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Internet]. Baltimore: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; [cited 2013 May 17]. Overview HCPCS - General information; [cited 2013 May 17]. Available from: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenI nfo/index.html.