Radiology Documentation Requirements

It is expected that patient's medical records reflect the need for care/services provided. The listing of records is not all inclusive. Providers must ensure all necessary records are submitted to support services rendered. They may include:

Check Brief Description
  Legible handwritten physician and/or clinician signatures
  Valid electronic physician and/or clinician signatures
  Physician or Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) order for the date(s) of service
  • If the order for the clinical diagnostic test be unsigned, there must be medical documentation (e.g. a progress note) by the treating physician that he/she intended the clinical diagnostic test to be performed
  • Documentation showing the intent that the test be performed must be authenticated by the author via a handwritten or electronic signature
  Legible diagnostic test report and results for date(s) of service billed that includes sufficient detail to allow reconstruction of the radiology service
  Records of patient's condition before, during and after this billing period to support medical necessity and the reason the service was provided
  • Most recent history and physical and/or physician clinic/progress notes pertaining to diagnosis/reason the radiology service was completed
  • Nurse notes, consultation reports, prior diagnostic tests/reports and results, emergency room records, disposition/discharge reports, if applicable
  Documentation to support type and amount of contrast given if applicable
  E&M documentation if billed on same date of services under medical review
  Itemization of services
  Documentation to support indications and/or criteria as specified in Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), National Coverage Determinations (NCDs), or coverage article for service(s) billed, if applicable
  Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), if applicable

Multiple CMS contractors are charged with completing reviews of medical records. See Identifying Which Entity Completed a Part A Claim Review for detailed information about each of these contractors.

Documentation Submission

Once a provider compiles all the necessary documentation, it is important to submit them to the appropriate contractor according to the request received. Select the request below to view the appropriate submission instructions. 

View the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) webpage for additional information and resources.


Last Updated Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:10:00 +0000

Documentation Requirements Disclaimer

The documentation requirements contents/references provided within this section were prepared as educational tools and are not intended to grant rights or impose obligations. Use of these documents are not intended to take the place of either written law or regulations.

The listing of records is not all inclusive. Providers must ensure all necessary records are submitted to support services rendered.

Important that physician intent, physician decision and physician recommendation to provide services derived clearly from the medical record and properly authenticated.

The submission of these records shall not guarantee payment as all applicable coverage requirements must be met.