tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2009 Issue 2

Industry Notes:Stop Stamping Signatures On Your DME Forms

Plus: CMS may expand diagnostic testing coverage for cancer patients' PET scans. If you've become accustomed to using stamped physician signatures on durable medical equipment forms, it's time to change that habit. In 2007, CMS announced a ban on stamped physician signatures for hospice forms, then last year said stamped signatures were out for home health agency (HHA) forms too. Now it's clarifying that stamped signatures and stamped dates won't work for durable medical equipment (DME) forms, according to Dec. 31, 2008 CR 6261 (Transmittal No. 281). "Signature and date stamps are not acceptable for use on CMNs (certificates...

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