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CMS clarifies physician signatures needed on all lab orders

Briefings on APCs, February 1, 2010

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As part of the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, CMS stated that it expects healthcare organizations to have a physician signature on all orders for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests. (See p. 61929 of the November 25, 2009, Federal Register, available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-26502.pdf.)

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