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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2016 Nov;37(11):1972-1976. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A4863. Epub 2016 Jul 14.

Current Procedural Terminology: History, Structure, and Relationship to Valuation for the Neuroradiologist.

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1
From the Neuroendovascular Program (T.M.L.-M., J.A.H.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts tleslie-mazwi@mgh.harvard.edu.
2
Montefiore Medical Center (J.A.B.), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
3
Progressive Radiology (R.T.), The George Washington University, Falls Church, Virginia.
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Hackensack University Medical Center (G.N.N.), Hackensack, New Jersey.
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Norwich Diagnostic Imaging Associates (W.D.D.), Norwich, Connecticut.
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Mecklenburg Radiology Associates P.A. (R.M.B.), Charlotte, North Carolina.
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From the Neuroendovascular Program (T.M.L.-M., J.A.H.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

The year 1965 was critical for US health care policy. In that year, Medicare was created as part of the Social Security Act under President Lyndon B. Johnson after several earlier attempts by Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. In 1966, the American Medical Association first published a set of standard terms and descriptors to document medical procedures, known as Current Procedural Terminology, or CPT. Fifty years later, though providers have certainly heard the term "CPT code," most would benefit from an enhanced understanding of the historical basis, current structure, and relationship to valuation of Current Procedural Terminology. This article will highlight this evolution, particularly as it relates to neuroradiology.

PMID:
27418473
DOI:
10.3174/ajnr.A4863
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