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Postponement of the CMS Regulation that Requires Signatures on Lab Requisitions

1-20-11  Earlier in the winter of 2010, CMS announced that rule that requires the signature of the ordering physician on all paper laboratory requisitions.  Recently, the previously announced effective date (January 1, 2011) has been postponed until a future undeclared date.

We would like to educate physicians and their staffs on the upcoming rule so that everyone can be prepared for the implementation when the new effective date is announced.  Laboratories will be responsible for verifying that each paper requisition includes a valid physician signature prior to performing the upcoming change.