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CPT Overview: History, Purpose, and Components

Learning Objectives
1. Recall the purpose and history of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set
2. Describe the objective and structure of the CPT Editorial Panel and supporting committees and workgroups
3. Identify the key CPT components
4. Recognize how and where CPT is used in the health care ecosystem
0.5 Credit CEU

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) is a listing of descriptive terms and identifying codes for reporting medical, surgical and diagnostic services and procedures performed by physicians and other qualified health care professionals. It is developed and maintained by the American Medical Association (AMA).

This lesson covers the basic structure, components, format, and usage of the CPT code set, as well as an overview of the CPT Editorial Panel and supporting bodies that contribute to the code generation and maintenance process. The purpose of this overview is to provide the user with a high-level overview of CPT and to prepare a foundation for future learning.

Access to a CPT Professional book is not required for this course.

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The CPT® code set is more than a terminology. It is a system for reimbursement, an enabler of research, a tool for reducing administrative burden and it is a method of accelerating medical innovation. Learn more

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Credit Designation Statement: This program meets AAPC guidelines for 0.5 CEUs. Can be split between Core A and all specialties except CIRCC and CPMS after successful completion of post-test for continuing education units.

Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

Credit Renewal Dates: July 23, 2021, June 30, 2022

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