How To Use A CPT Manual

In this article I’m going to talk about the CPT-4 manuals and what you’ll usually get from them. As far as I know, there are only two organizations putting these together, but I could be incorrect since I only know two vendors. One is the American Medical Association, the organization that’s responsible for creating and modifying the codes yearly, and the other is Optum360, the manual I’ve been buying for the last 4 years. I also buy my HCPCS books from Optum360; the costs of both books is lower than those bought directly from the AMA.

cover of the Optum360 CPT manual

Before I go further, because the images in this article are difficult to see, I recommend downloading this pdf file with the images so you can view them easier. You can either download the file or open it, which will open in your browser (at least for most people). I apologize for how the images look; it’s hard to scan pictures when you have to deal with the spiral.

I’m also using the 2022 manual to show and explain everything I’m covering. This will be important to know further down in this article.

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