Initial hospital care, low complexity

Hospital inpatient services are intricate, demanding accurate coding to depict the range of patient encounters. CPT code 99222 signifies initial hospital care for moderate complexity cases, reflecting the intensified evaluation and management involved in addressing patients admitted to the hospital.


CPT code:



Category I


Evaluation and Management (E/M)


Initial Hospital Inpatient or Observation Care


New or Established Patient

99222 plays a crucial role in hospital inpatient services, signifying the commencement of care for patients admitted to the hospital with moderate complexity cases. The code is applied when healthcare providers undertake the initial steps in assessing and managing patients whose health concerns demand a moderate depth of evaluation. Its use ensures accurate documentation of efforts in the early stages of hospital care for cases that require a nuanced approach.

Under what category does Initial hospital care, low complexity fall?

Category I

What is the billing unit for Initial hospital care, low complexity?

Per Encounter



Clinical use

Initial hospital care, typically 50 minutes.


Initial hospital care; detailed history, examination, and moderate complexity MDM for a moderate complexity patient.

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