CMS may cancel Lab signature ruling (rumor has it)

On March 8th, 2011, posted in: Industry News by

If you recall, in my last luv note I told you about the new signature ruling for any lab study you order and how it would affect your daily practice habits. Because of protests by physicians and the American Clinical Lab Association, CMS is expected to withdraw the signature rule before the April 1 implementation date. A CMS official reported to Part B News that “the agency is taking another look at the policy and considering next steps.”

This ruling if it goes into effect will potentially cause significant disruptions to your day, as you will either have to sign test orders immediately or staff will have to chase you down for your signature.

Societies are hopeful that the coalition pushing CMS will have this ruling rescinded before April 1st. I’ll keep you updated.