Automatic External Defibrillators: Inadequate Medical Record Documentation
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) providers often submit claims that lack sufficient medical record documentation. Physicians and non-physician practitioners must follow Medicare requirements:
- Before delivery of the AED, examine the beneficiary in-person within six months prior to the date of the written order.
- Document that the beneficiary was evaluated and/or treated for a condition that supports the need for the AED.
- Sign and date the order. As of November 10, 2015, physicians are not required to co-sign face-to-face encounters performed by non-physician practitioners.
Document and bill correctly for AEDs: