CPT Codes

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes are five digit numeric codes used to describe medical procedures and physician services. They are maintained and distributed by the American Medical Association (AMA).

For EHR, CPT codes are optional. If used, CPT codes can be used for CQM Encounters, Reasons not Performed, Vital Signs, and Smoking Cessation Interventions. CPT codes will show in clinical summaries, summaries of care (for validation) and CQM Reports.

Note: Imported codes will not show in the Procedure Code List. Instead, CPT codes must be manually added and, if desired, cross coded to procedure codes. See Cross Coding Procedure Codes to Medical Codes and Medical Insurance.

To purchase in data file format, visit the AMA store.

Once purchased, CPT codes use the Code System Importer to import the codes into Open Dental.

  1. In the Main Menu, click Setup, Chart, EHR, then Code System Importer.
  2. Click Check for Updates.
  3. Highlight the CPT row, then click Download Updates.
  4. If you have purchased the file, click OK then locate the file on your computer.
  5. If you are prompted to enter a version year, enter the year of the codes you purchased (e.g. if you purchased 2017 CPT codes, enter 2017).