ASMBS Represented on
AMA CPT Advisory Committee

Published in December 2014 Issue             

Dr. Matthew Brengman was officially appointed to the American Medical Association (AMA) CPT Advisory Committee as the "primary advisor" representing the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Brengman is chair of the ASMBS Insurance Committee.

The Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) coding system offers doctors across the country a uniform process for coding medical services that streamlines reporting and increases accuracy and efficiency. The purpose of CPT is to provide a uniform language that accurately describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services, and thereby serves as an effective means for reliable nationwide communication among physicians and other healthcare providers, patients, and third parties.

The CPT Advisory Committee supports the CPT Editorial Panel, which is tasked with ensuring that CPT codes remain up to date and reflect the latest medical care provided to patients. The members of the Advisory Committee are primarily physicians nominated by the national medical specialty societies represented in the AMA House of Delegates.

According to the AMA, the primary objectives of the committee are to:

  • Serve as a resource to the CPT Editorial Panel by giving advice on procedure coding and appropriate nomenclature as relevant to the member's specialty;
  • Provide documentation to staff and the CPT Editorial Panel regarding the medical appropriateness of various medical and surgical procedures under consideration for inclusion in CPT;
  • Suggest revisions to CPT. The Advisory Committee meets annually at the CPT Fall meeting to discuss items of mutual concern and to keep abreast of current issues in coding and nomenclature;
  • Assist in the review and further development of relevant coding issues and in the preparation of technical education material and articles pertaining to CPT; and
  • Promote and educate its membership on the use and benefits of CPT.

"This is an important committee and it is significant that the ASMBS now has representation," said John M. Morton, MD, ASMBS President.