Signature Requirements

September 28, 2013
Rick Gawenda

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 Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To access signature guidelines for medical review purposes, complying with Medicare signature requirements fact sheet, and when a rubber stamp signature is permissible, Gold members log in or non-members become a Gold member

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