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Medicare Providers: What You Need to Know About Signatures and Documentation

In the past year, Palmetto GBA has seen an escalating number of errors assessed by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Review Contractor due to signature problems on practitionersí medical records, x-ray reports and laboratory/radiology orders. The discovery of CERT errors may lead to increased scrutiny of future services billed to Medicare. Your support and understanding of this important issue are essential to ensuring the accuracy of Medicare claims. We encourage you to share this information with your staff in support of our efforts to assure that claims and supporting documentation are properly indicated on claims submissions or redetermination requests.

Page updated: 05/04/10

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