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Rule Would Rescind Physician Signature Rule for Lab Tests

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to retract the so-called physician signature requirement for clinical diagnostic lab testing.

Originally part of the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the policy would have required the signature of a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner on a requisition for tests paid under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS).

This proposed rule would reinstate the prior policy that such a signature is not required.

Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through 5 PM EDT on August 29, 2011.