Medicare Coverage of an Autopsy

Type of Medical Service

Post-death body examination to determine cause of death

What's Covered

Neither Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, nor a Medicare Part C Medicare Advantage plan covers any post-death examination or procedure, including autopsy.

What Medicare Pays

Neither Medicare nor a Medicare Part C plan pays anything for an autopsy.

Important: Regardless of the rules regarding any particular type of care, in order for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, or a Medicare Part C plan to provide coverage, the care must meet two basic requirements:

  • The care must be "medically necessary." This means that it must be ordered or prescribed by a licensed physician or other authorized medical provider, and that Medicare (or a Medicare Part C plan) agrees that the care is necessary and proper. For help getting your care covered, see FAQ: How Can I Increase the Odds That Medicare Will Cover My Medical Service?

  • The care must be performed or delivered by a healthcare provider who participates in Medicare.

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