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Physician Signatures News Archive

The Physician Signature News Archive links to external material regarding the 2010 proposed physician signature rule.

On February 11, 2011, Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator and director, CMS, announced to laboratory industry sources that they intend to rescind the current policy requiring a physician’s signature on paper requisitions.  CMS stated that they will issue an official notice before the April 1, 2011 enforcement date.

Background:  The final rule was published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2010 and in December, 2010 CMS announced an enforcement date of April 1, 2011.  Check this site for the official withdrawal announcement from CMS, when available.

Industry announcements regarding CMS intent to rescind physician signature requirement: