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In situations where the beneficiary dies, whether any payment under the Medicare ambulance benefit may be made depends on the time at which the beneficiary is pronounced dead by an individual authorized by the state to make such announcements. In each example below, air ambulance transport must have been otherwise medically necessary.
CMS guidance for ambulance suppliers regarding Advance Beneficiary Notice (PDF, 140 KB)
CMS Ambulance Services Center
Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Chapter 10, Ambulance (PDF, 161 KB)
Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 15, Ambulance (PDF, 372 KB)
Code of Federal Regulations
§410.40 Coverage of Ambulance Services
§410.41 Requirements for Ambulance Suppliers
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