Clinical Laboratories and Pathologists Dodge a Bullet as CMS Publishes Proposed Repeal Rule Dealing with Physician Signature Requirement on Paper Requisitions for Lab Tests

Proposed repeal rule was published in yesterday’s Federal Register Yesterday, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers got an early Fourth of July present. That’s because the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed rule that repeals the requirement that paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests must have the physician’s signature. This rule had been mandated by the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule that was to take effect on January 1,...

Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories! CMS Will Not Enforce Physician-Signature Rule

CMS officials have instructed carriers not to enforce the physician signature rule for paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests Officials at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to delay enforcement of a rule requiring physician signatures on paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests. This is a positive development for all clinical laboratories and pathology groups in the United States. What is an even more important development is that this...
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