Signature Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that services provided/ordered be authenticated by the author. The method used shall be a handwritten or electronic signature. Providers should ensure that medical record documentation and handwritten signatures are legible. Stamped signatures are not acceptable, unless its use is permitted by CMS in accordance with the…

CMS Issues FAQs on Inpatient Admision and Medical Review Criteria

On September 26, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on the fiscal year 2014 hospital inpatient prospective payment system final rule. In the FAQ document, CMS answers the following questions: Will CMS direct the Medicare review contractors to apply the 2-midnight presumption-that is, contractors should not select inpatient claims for…

Delivery Methods for Rehabilitation

Noridian, Medicare Administrative Contractor for the states of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming as well as California, Hawaii, and Nevada, is providing clarification of coverage and documentation requirements for common rehabilitation delivery methods based on review findings. If Noridian is your Medicare Administrative Contractor, to read the…