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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Ambulance ServicesHandbook : 2 Ambulance Services : 2.4 Claims Filing and Reimbursement : 2.4.12 Relation of Service to Time of Death

Medicaid benefits cease at the time of the client’s death. However, if the client dies in the ambulance while en route to the destination, Texas Medicaid covers the transport. If a physician pronounces the client dead after the ambulance is called, Texas Medicaid covers the ambulance service (base rate plus mileage) to the point of pick up. Providers must indicate the date and time the client died in Block 19 of the CMS-1500 paper claim form. If a physician or coroner pronounces the client dead before the ambulance is called, the service is not covered.
Equipment and nondisposable supplies are included in the base rate. These items are not separately reimbursable and are considered part of another procedure. Therefore, equipment and supplies cannot be billed to the client.

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