Physicians: No More Signature Stamps!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has long been concerned about the ease of using signature stamps to defraud the system. As a solution, CMS stopped accepting a physician’s stamped signature on medical records effective Sept. 3, 2007.

To reiterate this policy, first introduced in August 2007 Transmittal 248, Change Request (CR) 5971, CMS recently released MLN Matters article SE0829. This release clarifies the rule that all physician signatures must be handwritten or electronic on all progress notes, orders, treatment plans, and other relevant documentation. Facsimiles of original written or electronic signatures are acceptable for the certification of terminal illness for hospice.

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