Week of June 17, 2013
Physician signatures often are not legible on orders we receive. How should we handle this in terms of claims submission?
If the physician signature is not legible on an order or progress note, providers may submit an attestation statement or a signature log (individual or group) to support his or her identity. This typed listing includes a provider’s name with a corresponding handwritten signature. Providers also may submit a complete medical record with appropriate signature documentation initially to avoid delays in review completion.
CMS also states that if the original record contains a printed signature below the illegible signature, it “may” be accepted.
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