Definition

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is a code set that is used to report medical procedures and services to entities such as physicians, health insurance companies and accreditation organizations. CPT is used in conjunction with ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM numerical diagnostic coding during the electronic medical billing process.

There are three types of CPT codes. Category 1 covers vaccines, Category 2 deals with performance measurement and Category 3 covers emerging technologies, services and procedures. The current version is known as CPT 2010.

CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

This was last updated in February 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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