Current procedural terminology; a primer

Joshua A. Hirsch, Thabele M. Leslie-Mazwi, Gregory N. Nicola, Robert M. Barr, Jacqueline A. Bello, William D. Donovan, Raymond Tu, Mark D. Alson, Laxmaiah Manchikanti

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Abstract

In 1966, The American Medical Association (AMA) working with multiple major medical specialty societies developed an iterative coding system for describing medical procedures and services using uniform language, the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) system. The current code set, CPT IV, forms the basis of reporting most of the services performed by healthcare providers, physicians and non-physicians as well as facilities allowing effective, reliable communication among physician and other providers, third parties and patients. This coding system and its maintenance has evolved significantly since its inception, and now goes well beyond its readily perceived role in reimbursement. Additional roles include administrative management, tracking new and investigational procedures, and evolving aspects of 'pay for performance'. The system also allows for local, regional and national utilization comparisons for medical education and research. Neurointerventional specialists use CPT category I codes regularly - for example, 36 215 for first-order cerebrovascular angiography, 36 216 for second-order vessels, and 37 184 for acute stroke treatment by mechanical means. Additionally, physicians add relevant modifiers to the CPT codes, such as '-26' to indicate 'professional charge only,' or '-59' to indicate a distinct procedural service performed on the same day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-312
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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Hirsch, J. A., Leslie-Mazwi, T. M., Nicola, G. N., Barr, R. M., Bello, J. A., Donovan, W. D., ... Manchikanti, L. (2015). Current procedural terminology; a primer. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, 7(4), 309-312. https://doi.org/10.1136/neurintsurg-2014-011156

Current procedural terminology; a primer. / Hirsch, Joshua A.; Leslie-Mazwi, Thabele M.; Nicola, Gregory N.; Barr, Robert M.; Bello, Jacqueline A.; Donovan, William D.; Tu, Raymond; Alson, Mark D.; Manchikanti, Laxmaiah.

In: Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, Vol. 7, No. 4, 01.04.2015, p. 309-312.

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Hirsch, JA, Leslie-Mazwi, TM, Nicola, GN, Barr, RM, Bello, JA, Donovan, WD, Tu, R, Alson, MD & Manchikanti, L 2015, 'Current procedural terminology; a primer', Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 309-312. https://doi.org/10.1136/neurintsurg-2014-011156
Hirsch JA, Leslie-Mazwi TM, Nicola GN, Barr RM, Bello JA, Donovan WD et al. Current procedural terminology; a primer. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. 2015 Apr 1;7(4):309-312. https://doi.org/10.1136/neurintsurg-2014-011156
Hirsch, Joshua A. ; Leslie-Mazwi, Thabele M. ; Nicola, Gregory N. ; Barr, Robert M. ; Bello, Jacqueline A. ; Donovan, William D. ; Tu, Raymond ; Alson, Mark D. ; Manchikanti, Laxmaiah. / Current procedural terminology; a primer. In: Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 4. pp. 309-312.
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