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Tip: Put a stop to stamped signatures once and for all

APCs Insider, December 5, 2008

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If you didn’t get the word about signature stamps, look no further than special edition MLN Matters article SE0829. The article clarifies Transmittal 248, which took effect April 28. It is explicit: hospitals cannot accept stamped physician signatures under any circumstance.

Hospitals may have overlooked this CMS requirement to abolish signature stamps upon release of the original transmittal because the document focused on signature requirements for the certification of terminal illness for hospice. However, SE0829 states that “stamped signatures are not acceptable on any medical record. Medicare will accept handwritten, electronic signatures, or facsimiles of original written or electronic signatures.”

(This tip was adapted from Medical Records Briefing.To view the entire article, click here.)

 



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