Individual Current Procedural Terminology codes are available online for free through the CPT Code/Relative Value Search, according to the American Medical Association. It is possible to search the most current database by entering either keywords or the specific five-digit numerical CPT code.
When the specific CPT code is not known, a user can search for the particular procedure by name, notes About.com. If the exact procedure or service is not known, users can perform a search using relevant terms associated with the particular procedure or by inputting the medical term for the body part affected by the procedure.
CPT codes are edited, maintained and copyrighted by the American Medical Association, notes the official website. These codes are used throughout the health care industry by both private health insurance companies and public programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. Health care providers use the codes when billing insurance companies and to uniformly report medical procedures and services provided to patients.
Use of the American Medical Association's code search also provides the associated relative value payment amount that Medicare uses as the basis for its payments to most providers, explains About.com. The relative value units provided in the CPT code search results represents the national average paid by Medicare for that particular medical procedure.