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Running head: DESCRIBING CPT CODES 1 Describing CPT Codes Nicole A. Suddeth HCR/220 11/26/2011 Axia College of University of Phoenix
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DESCRIBING CPT CODES 2 Describing CPT Codes So you want to know what CPT codes are and why they are used in the medical field. Well let’s start out by telling you what CPT stands for, Common Procedural Terminology. They are five digit codes. There are three categories of CPT codes which are category I, II, and III codes. If not used correctly, it could cost some one’s life because the wrong procedure maybe done. I will briefly explain each one and hopefully you will better understand the use of them. Category I Codes These codes have five digits with no decimals. Each code has a descriptor, which is the brief explanation of the procedure. Even though CPT codes are grouped into sections, codes from all the section may be used by all types of physicians. Some examples of codes used in this category are: 99204 Office visit for evaluation and management of a new patient
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2011 for the course HCR 220 ? taught by Professor ? during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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