Current Procedural Terminology Codes: The Language of Healthcare Billing in America

Current Procedural Terminology Codes: The Language of Healthcare Billing in America | Nawrocki Smith LLP

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are numerical representations of procedures, pharmacological interventions, lab tests and any other service provided by a doctor or other healthcare provider. They are the uniform communicators of medical billing and practice analysis. The codes are broken down into ranges not unlike the Dewey decimal system:

  • Evaluation & Management (99201-99499)
  • Anesthesiology (00100-01999, 99100-99140)
  • Surgery (10021-69990)
  • Radiology (70010-79999)
  • Pathology & Lab (80048-89356)
  • Medicine (90281-99199, 99500-99602)
The codes are painstakingly specific, and as a result, it is possible to tell a lot about a physician’s occupation activity from them.

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