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Lab work signature rule rescinded

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Good news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: The agency has decided to drop a rule that would have required you to sign requisitions for lab tests for your Medicare patients.

Good news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): The agency has decided to drop a rule that would have required you to sign requisitions for lab tests for your Medicare patients.

The signature policy has been on the books since January 1 but wasn't set to be enforced until April 1. CMS said the rule would make it easier for lab technicians to know whether a test was correctly ordered and would make Medicare audits easier.

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Medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, protested to CMS, saying that the requirement would create more paperwork and hurt patient care by causing delays in ordering and performing tests.


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