A third-party death report is an event reported by someone other than a first party.
Examples of third-party reports of death include:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
State social service office (e.g., Welfare Office),
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or
Verification of third-party reports
We must verify reports of death for beneficiaries that are received from third- party
sources before we can terminate benefits. For third-party reports of death that automatically
generate a “Third-Party Verification” alert on the Death Alerts Tracking System (DATS),
follow the steps in GN 02602.070, Procedure for Resolving Death Alerts & Exceptions to verify the death report.
Third-party reports of death that do not automatically generate an alert in DATS (such
as a phone call from a friend or neighbor) must also be verified by following the
steps in GN 02602.070C, Procedure for Resolving Death Alerts & Exceptions.
You may also receive requests from the Teleservice Center (TSC) via an Modernized
Development Worksheet (MDW) to verify a report of death on a beneficiary received
over the phone from a third party. Since third-party reports of death for beneficiaries
need to be verified before posting the death, follow the steps in GN 02602.070C, Procedure for Resolving Death Alerts & Exceptions to verify the death and process
the TSC request.