The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed enforcement of a policy requiring a physician's or qualified nonphysician practitioner's signature on requisitions for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under the clinical laboratory fee schedule. CMS defines a requisition asthe actual paperwork, such as a form, which is provided to a clinical diagnostic laboratory that identifies the test or tests to be performed for a patient.
The policy went into effect on January 1, 2011. However, CMS is delaying enforcement of the policy until after the first calendar quarter of 2011 to educate everyone affected by it.
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