Anesthesia & Pain Management 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
  Correct Beneficiary and Date of Service
  Documentation contains valid signature of Anesthesiologist or Qualified Nonphysician Anesthetist (legible and complete)
  Documentation for the service(s) rendered (i.e. Anesthesia record, procedure notes, diagnostic imaging)
  Documentation to support time units billed, if applicable
  Relevant and/or current records from the physician's office, e.g., office notes, history and physical, labs, etc. as supporting documentation of medical necessity for the service that was provided by the anesthesia provider, if applicable
  Documentation to support the indications and/or criteria as specified in Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), National Coverage Determinations (NCDs), or coverage article for the service(s) billed, if applicable
  Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), if applicable
  Completed Noridian Part B Signature Attestation Statement [PDF] or Signature Log for illegible signature, if applicable

 

Multiple CMS contractors are charged with completing reviews of medical records. See Identifying Which Entity Completed a Part B 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 Anesthesia & Pain Management webpage for more information and resources.

Last Updated Feb 08, 2019

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.