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Effective Date: 05/21/2004 Title: Autopsy
Revision Date: 08/02/2006 Document: BI035:00
CPT Code(s): 88000-88016, 88020-88029, 88036-88037, 88040, 88045, 88099
Public Statement
Effective Date: a) This policy will apply to all services performed on or after the above revision date which will become the new effective date. b) For all services referred to in this policy that were performed before the revision date, contact customer service for the rules that would apply. An autopsy (post mortem examination, an examination after death) is not a covered service. It is never medically necessary because it produces no benefit for the patient.
Medical Statement

An autopsy is performed for reasons of forensic examination, clinical research, provider protection, public health investigation, or family comfort. An autopsy is not medically necessary for the welfare of the patient; therefore, autopsies are not a paid benefit of the plan. However, this should not discourage autopsy in cases where the concerns are forensic or public health, when the autopsy is performed by a government agency.

Codes Used In This BI:

88000 Autopsy (necropsy) gross
88005 Autopsy (necropsy) gross
88007 Autopsy (necropsy) gross
88012 Autopsy (necropsy) gross
88014 Autopsy (necropsy) gross
88016 Autopsy (necropsy) gross
88020 Autopsy (necropsy) complete
88025 Autopsy (necropsy) complete
88027 Autopsy (necropsy) complete
88028 Autopsy (necropsy) complete
88029 Autopsy (necropsy) complete
88036 Limited autopsy
88037 Limited autopsy
88040 Forensic autopsy (necropsy)
88045 Coroner’s autopsy (necropsy)
88099 Necropsy (autopsy) procedure

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This policy applies to all health plans administered by QualChoice, both those insured by QualChoice and those that are self-funded by the sponsoring employer, unless there is indication in this policy otherwise or a stated exclusion in your medical plan booklet. Consult the individual plan sponsor Summary Plan Description (SPD) for self-insured plans or the specific Evidence of Coverage (EOC) for those plans insured by QualChoice. In the event of a discrepancy between this policy and a self-insured customer’s SPD or the specific QualChoice EOC, the SPD or EOC, as applicable, will prevail. State and federal mandates will be followed as they apply.
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