Beginning April 2011, Physician Signatures Will be Required on Requisitions for Clinical Laboratory Diagnostic Tests

In the November 29, 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its proposed policy to require a physician’s or qualified nonphysician practitioner’s (NPP) signature on requisitions for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under the clinical laboratory fee schedule effective January 1, 2011.

A requisition is the actual paperwork, such as a form, which is provided to a clinical diagnostic laboratory that identifies the test or tests to be performed for a patient.

Although many physicians, NPPs, and clinical diagnostic laboratories may be aware of, and are able to comply with this policy, CMS is concerned that some physicians, NPPs, and clinical diagnostic laboratories are not aware of, or do not understand, this policy. As such, CMS will focus in the first calendar quarter of 2011 on developing educational and outreach materials to educate those affected by this policy. Once their first quarter of 2011 educational campaign is fully underway, CMS will expect requisitions to be signed.

Preparing For This Change

Colaborate’s clinical laboratory requisition template has been created in an attractive user friendly format designed to give your laboratory a competitive advantage in the outreach market place, capturing all of the information needed to collect for the services requested and comply with the new CMS “Physician Signature” requirement and OIG guidelines.
Created in an Excel format Colaborate’s requisition template is easy to personalize and modify to reflex the tests, panels and profiles offered by your laboratory in a printer ready form.

Colaborate also provides an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN), which can also be personalized and printed on the back of the requisition to be used by the referring physician when required.

Requesting Information

If your laboratory is interested in purchasing Colaborate’s requisition template or needs help in creating a program to educate physicians concerning this change or any other laboratory compliance or business development services, please contact us through our website.