New Occurrence Code for Reporting Date of Death

Effective Oct. 1, 2012, Medicare systems will expect to see on claims a new occurrence code for reporting the date a patient dies.

Providers and suppliers who bill fiscal intermediaries (FIs), regional home health intermediaries (RHHIs), or Part A/B Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries should include occurrence code 55 and the date of death on claims when also including one of the following patient discharge status codes: 20 (expired), 40 (expired at home), 41 (expired in medical facility), 42 (expired – place unknown).

Source: MLN Matters article MM7792, issued April 27, 2012

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