Corporate Compliance

Note: Signature requirements for lab requisitions

Medicare Insider, November 30, 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.

The holidays have arrived and I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Last week was very light for CMS announcements, so I thought I would mention the lab signature requirement changes that were just announced in the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) final rule. Although this document may not be one that hospitals have on their usual list to review, it has proven to be one that we will need to evaluate every year.

Discussions regarding signature requirements for laboratory services have been going on for the past ten years.  Although this seems like a simple requirement, much confusion has been created, in part due to a series of communications from CMS.  Let’s take a look at the history to understand how CMS arrived at the changes that will be effective on January 1, 2011.

Continue reading Debbie's note on the MedicareMentor Blog.



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