CMS Proposes to Retract New Physician Lab Signature Requirement

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In a proposed rule published in the June 30, 2011, Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed to retract a recently established policy requiring physician signatures on laboratory requisitions. Although the proposal is expected to be widely supported, stakeholders should consider providing comments to further educate the agency regarding concerns with respect to the signature requirement and policy alternatives for future consideration.

In a proposed rule published in the June 30, 2011, Federal Register (76 Fed. Reg. 38,342), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to retract a recently established policy requiring physician signatures on laboratory requisitions (75 Fed. Reg. 73, 170, 73,483 (Nov. 29, 2010)).

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