Current Procedural Terminology code 99203 is a code medical professionals use for billing when three elements of a patient visit are met: a detailed patient history, a detailed examination and a medical decision with low complexity. The average time physicians spend face-to-face with a code 99203 is 30 minutes.
CPT code 99203 is the code most commonly used for evaluation and treatment of new patients. Physicians re-evaluate patients on a regular basis, reclassifying patients to new codes when necessary. CPT codes are necessary for physicians to submit claims to insurance companies indicating the treatment provided, so that they may receive payment. Physicians must adhere to medical billing rules and regulations in order for a submitted claim to be reimbursed.