Inpatient consultation, low complexity

In the spectrum of Evaluation and Management (E/M) services, CPT code 99253 denotes subsequent inpatient hospital care with low complexity. This code is applicable when healthcare professionals engage in ongoing management of patients whose conditions remain relatively straightforward.


CPT code:



Category I


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99253 comes into play for subsequent inpatient hospital care, focusing on cases with low complexity. The code is utilized when healthcare providers continue to oversee patients admitted to the hospital, ensuring that ongoing management aligns with the simplicity of the health concerns. Its application guarantees precise documentation of efforts in navigating hospital care for patients with conditions that require continued but straightforward attention.

Under what category does Inpatient consultation, low complexity fall?

Category I

What is the billing unit for Inpatient consultation, low complexity?

Per Encounter



Clinical use

Initial inpatient consultation for a new or established patient, moderate complexity.


Initial inpatient consultation; detailed history, examination, and straightforward MDM for a low complexity patient.

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