tci E/M Coding Alert - 2016 Issue 10

Reader Question: Validate Provider Signatures Before Filing Claims

Question: What are the specifics regarding provider signatures on claims? Is it ever safe for a physician to use a “stamp” signature? Illinois Subscriber Answer: When your physician or another provider performs a medical service for a Medicare patient, she must include either a handwritten or electronic signature in order to authenticate that fact. The “stamp” is only allowable in certain very specific situations. A physician or another provider might be able to use a stamp in lieu of a written signature if the physician is physically not able to sign his name. You should maintain documentation...

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