|The 'CPT' book title has turned blue, to indicate this is the active book, the book spine 'Index' has a black triangle to indicate this is the section of the book you are looking at.
HCPCS Codes are merged into this index as well. HCPCS code references are displayed with Green triangles rather than blue.
|1. You can go to your desired alphabetical listing by clicking on its letter. The default setting is to find all primary term entries for the letter 'A'. We have clicked on 'C' to review this section.
2. All primary CPT terms that contain subterms are so indicated with a blue triangle. Subterms can be viewed by clicking on this triangle. All primary HCPCS terms are so indicated with a green triangle.The HCPCS codes are included in this combined index, and are sorted last, since they are the second level of coding after CPT Codes.
3. When an entry correlates to a specific CPT Code record, the code number or range of codes is displayed to its left. Click on this number to instantly view the full description of the code.
4. There are over 3,500 'see' references to other code descriptions within the CPT index. Just click on the link to jump to those codes. Flash Code allows a round trip to and from these links without losing your spot.
This is all very nice plus you can navigate through the alpha index quite quickly---but it is also very inefficient...Note the 789 primary codes in the C section alone. That's a lot of scrolling! The fastest way to get where you need to go within the alphabetical index is to perform a text search.
|1. The most common (and fastest) way to search is to find a combination of Main and Secondary terms at the same time:
2. You can also find Main Terms only, like you would when paging through the alpha index of the CPT coding book.
As with all of the Flash Code searches, you can consult a word list that contains all of the words, in this case, all of the words found in the alphabetical index. Just type in the spelling of the word you want to find; the list will automatically adjust to the letters typed in.
Let's explore the two search options a bit more...
-Main Terms only: Let's assume you are interested in viewing all of the main terms that contain the word 'ulcer'. Click anywhere over the 'Limit Search to Main Terms Only' button. The search will return only Main terms that contain the word you enter, such as 'appendectomy' or 'repair'. You can then click into any of those found records to see the entire listing of subterms, along with their organization, indentations, and corresponding CPT code numbers. (to see a main term's contents, click on the blue triangle to its immediate left)
-Main and Secondary terms: On the other hand, many of the main terms have very long listings associated with them ( For example, in the book the main term 'syndrome' has 22 columns of subterms...more scrolling, Ugh!).
If you already have a good idea of what you are looking for and don't want to spend any time scrolling, type in additional search terms and select the 'Search Main and Secondary Terms' option such as 'repair bladder' as shown above. Here are a few more examples to try: