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For the Week of November 17, 2014


Does Medicare require a physician to sign orders for lab tests?


A physician’s signature is not required on orders for clinical diagnostic tests that are paid on the basis of the clinical laboratory fee schedule, the Medicare physician fee schedule, or for physician pathology services. However, the physician must clearly document in the medical record his or her intent that the test be performed. A memo on signature requirements on diagnostic tests can be found at http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network- MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM6100.pdf.


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