Current Procedural Terminology CPT Codes

How CPT Codes - Affect Our Medical Care

Among the most useful information we can learn about our medical problems, how they are being treated, and how they relate to our medical billing are the CPT codes found on almost every medical record that exists about our medical care.

Here is a list of articles that help us patients learn from CPT codes and get that background information we need:

What Are CPT Codes?

Find a brief overview of CPT codes:  Who developed the system, what CPT stands for, how to match CPT codes to the services they represent, their relationship to HCPCS codes and more.

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Where to Find CPT Codes

Learn how to tell which codes are CPT codes, how to distinguish them from other medical codes, and resources for matching CPT codes to the services they represent.

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Look Up CPT Codes and RVUs

Looking up CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes and RVUs (Relative Values) can provide more information about your diagnosis and the services provided to you, plus an idea of how much your doctor was paid to perform those services for you, too.

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The AMA and CPT Codes

In early 2011, a representative found one of the articles written here at the Patient Empowerment site about CPT codes, and disputed claims made in the article. But he had no proof that it needed updating or changing... You may be interested in what he disputed.

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How CPT Codes Relate to Communication - Email and Phone Calls from Our Doctors

CPT and HCPCS codes have been developed so doctors can be reimbursed for their time spent on the telephone or exchanging email with patients. The problem is, few insurance plans will reimburse for their use. Learn more about these codes and what to do if you find them on your bill or your estimate of benefits.

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How HCPCS Codes Relate to CPT Codes

They're kissin' cousins - that is, CPT codes and HCPCS codes. If you're on Medicare, or are reviewing Medicare bills, you'll need to be aware of the differences.

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How Can Patients Use CPT Codes?

There are actually a number of ways we can use CPT codes:

Problems? What If Those Codes Don't Match or Don't Square?

If you find a problem with the codes or billing totals on your bill, you'll want to complain to your doctor first.

However, if you don't get satisfaction, you may have uncovered fraud. Medical billing fraud is a sport in the United States. Because American healthcare is profit-driven, there are plenty of opportunities for making money through fraudulent means.

Here are some ways CPT codes are helping people make money that isn't theirs to make:

Want More Information?

If you would like more information about other medical codes used by our doctors and payers, such as ICD Codes, ICDs, DRGs and others, you'll find the information you need in the Patient's Guide to Medical Codes.

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