Health Information Management

Audit for signatures: New transmittal clarifies assessment requirements

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 6, 2010

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In the current regulatory environment many contractors review 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 handwritten 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.
 
Click here to read the remainder of the article by Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc, which is available on the MedicareFind Web site.



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