New Code Requests

Proposals for new or revised CPT codes originate in several ways; from committee members on behalf of their specialty society, industry or individual orthopedists. Individuals seeking a new code or a revision to an existing code are encouraged to review the CPT and RUC Processes.

A Code Change Proposal (CCP) form will need to be completed which should include the rationale of the new code request or revision. All code change requests must also be accompanied by a disclosure of financial interest to make transparent any potential conflicts of interest.

Upon completion, the CCP should be forwarded to AAOS staff via fax, mail or email:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Attn: Joanne Willer
9400 West Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Fax: 847-268-9563

The Coding Coverage & Reimbursement Committee will review all code change requests at their next scheduled meeting or conference call. Generally, the committee meets three times a year. Meetings typically take place in March, September and November.

The CPT Editorial Panel also meets three times a year. Their meetings are held in May, October and late January or early February. The deadline for submission of requests to be considered at the Panel Meetings is three months prior to the meeting date. Therefore, one should allow enough time for a full review by the coding committee.


CPT Editorial Panel Cycle

Deadline for Submission of CPT Proposals

CPT Agenda Books Mailed

CPT Meeting

CPT 2018 and the 2018 Medicare Payment Schedule

November 4, 2015

January 4, 2016

February 4, 2016

February 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

May 12-14, 2016

June 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

September 29 - October 1, 2016

CPT 2019 and the 2019 Medicare Payment Schedule

November  9, 2016

January, 9, 2017

February 9-11, 2017

March 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

June 1-3, 2017

June 13, 2017

August 11, 2017

September 14-16, 2017

CPT 2020 and the 2020 Medicare Payment Schedule

November 7, 2017

January 8, 2018

February 8-10, 2018

February 16, 2018 

April 16, 2018

May 17-19, 2018

June 25, 2018 

August 25, 2018 

September 27-29, 2018