AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 8 (August)

Using the Semicolon (August 1999)

August 1999 pages 3-4 Back to Basics Using the Semicolon CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) was developed in order that each code could be considered a "stand-alone" description of a medical procedure. However, in an effort to conserve space, some of the procedures in CPT are not printed in their entirety, but refer back to a common portion of the procedure listed in a preceding entry. This is evident when an entry is followed by one or more indented codes. It is the placement of the semicolon that defines the common portion of the codes. The common portion of the...

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