Friday, July 8, 2011

CMS Proposes Rule Retracting Physician Signature Requirement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule eliminating the requirement that a physician or qualified non-physician sign test requisitions in order for the tests to be paid for under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule.

The rule was supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2011, but was indefinitely delayed after many argued that the rule would create inefficiency.

The proposed rule is open for a 60-day comment period and will likely be finalized later this year.

To see the Federal Register announcement, click here:

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