LEEDer Group Inc.
8508 North West 66th St.
Miami, Florida 33166 USA

Phone Toll-free: 866.814.0192 or 305.436.5030
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2013-05 Use of Signature Rubber Stamp Exception

Jurisdiction 11 Part B
Use of a Rubber Stamp for Signature

  • MLN MattersĀ® Number: MM8219 Related Change Request (CR) #: CR 8219 Related CR Release Date: May 17, 2013 Effective Date: June 18, 2013 Related CR Transmittal #: R465PI Implementation Date: June 18, 2013
  • Provider Types Affected
    This MLN MattersĀ® article is intended for all physicians, providers and suppliers submitting claims to Medicare Contractors (Carriers, Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs), Regional Home Health Intermediaries (RHHIs) and A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
  • What You Need to Know
    For medical review purposes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that services ordered/provided be authenticated by a handwritten or electronic signature. With few exceptions, stamped signatures are not acceptable as described in Chapter/Section 3.3.2.4 of the ‘Medicare Program Integrity Manual.’ Change Request (CR) 8219 adds another exception to that manual. Under the added exception, CMS will permit the use of a rubber stamp for signature in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in the case of an author with a physical disability that can provide proof to a CMS contractor of his/her inability to sign their signature due to their disability.

By affixing the rubber stamp, the provider is certifying that they have reviewed the document.

  • Additional Information
    The official instruction, CR 8219 issued to your Medicare Contractor regarding this change may be viewed at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/Downloads/R465PI.pdf on the CMS website.

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last updated on 05/23/2013