The Importance Of CPT

What is CPT? I don’t mean the abbreviation for carpet or captain, certified personal trainer, or even college placement test. No, I mean the CPT that is an acronym that stands for Current Procedural Terminology. CPT is a copyrighted, coding system which was first developed in 1966. It was created and is maintained and published by the American Medical Association. CPT is the U.S. standard for coding medical procedures. Initially, it was developed to serve as a way to keep records of medical procedures that were performed. In 1983, it was mandated to be used for all medical billing. CPT now involves coding with a five-digit number all of the services or procedures that a medical practitioner or facility provides to a patient. This can …show more content…
It works as a dependable conveyance countrywide between physicians and other healthcare providers and patients. CPT uses detailed terms and codes in order to list the procedures and services. It is the most accepted system in the U.S. that is used to record medical procedures and services in both public and private health insurance organizations. In 2000, CPT was named the national standard under HIPAA. CPT is also useful in providing a basis of local, regional, and national usage of services and procedures for medical education and research. The CPT book list its codes with five digits that have descriptions of each service performed by health care …show more content…
Category I codes describe a procedure or service that is identified with a five-digit code and descriptor. Codes that are included in this category are based on if the procedure is consistent with modern medical practice and performed by many physicians in multiple medical practices. These procedures are separated into six sections which are Evaluation and Management, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology and Laboratory, and Medicine. Category II codes are extra tracking codes that can be used to measure performance. These codes help to report the quality of care by coding certain services and test results that support certain services that have been decided to contribute to good patient care. Using Category II codes are optional, and they may not be used in place of Category I codes. Category III codes are temporary codes. They are used for new and developing technologies, procedures, and services. These codes are intended to allow for the collection of data and the assessment of new services and

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