The American Medical Association is bringing more transparency to the process of updating Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT codes.

New protocols will widen communication to stakeholders of items on the CPT Editorial Panel’s agenda and increase access for others to participate in the updating process.

The CPT Editorial Board does not work in a vacuum; it receives input from professionals in more than 100 medical societies. But the AMA acknowledges that the changes are intended to increase transparency and fairness. The changes include:

* More opportunities for face-to-face meetings to encourage more participation beyond the CPT Editorial Panel and CPT Advisory Committee;

* Better identification of organizations that may be affected by a coding change and making more information available, as well as proactive communication with individuals and organizations that request a code change about the direction of an application prior to consideration by the editorial board;

* Creation of an independent medical advisor to assist CPT staff on process issues and assist applicants seeking coding changes but unfamiliar with the process; and

* Permitting applicants to see recommendations made by the Molecular Pathology Advisory Group to the Pathology Coding Caucus prior to caucus consideration.

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