Corporate Compliance

Note: Signatures should be audited

Medicare Insider, March 23, 2010

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Editor’s note: Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

In the current regulatory environment there are many contractors that are charged with reviewing claims and medical documentation submitted by healthcare providers – MACs, CERTs and RACs just to name a few. CMS requires that orders for healthcare services and the services that were provided be authenticated by the author using either a hand written or electronic signature. CMS has made it clear that stamped signatures are not an acceptable form of authentication.  The previous language in the CMs Program Integrity Manual required a “legible identifier”. The recent CMS Transmittal 327 has added additional clarification and signature assessment requirements.

Continue reading Debbie Mackaman's note.



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