DMERCs OK stamped signatures

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The DMERCS will begin accepting stamped physician signatures Jan. 1 for orders on documents used in medical review. The new rule does not apply to CMNs.

The individual whose name is on the alternate signature method bears the responsibility for the authenticity of the information being attested to, according to a statement issued by Region D DMERC Medical Director Robert Hoover. The statement advises physicians to check with their attorneys and malpractice insurers in regard to the use of alternative signature methods.

All state licensure and state practice regulations continue to apply to stamped or alternative signature methods. Where state law is more restrictive than Medicare, the state law standard will be applied.