Signatures, Credentials and Dates Are Important

Published 06/06/2021

Each entry in the patient's medical record requires the acceptable signature of the person writing the note along with the date. Palmetto GBA also recommends the inclusion of the applicable credentials (e.g., P.A., D.O. or M.D.), especially when the services being billed are only coverable when performed by certain credentialed professionals.

Stamped Signatures Are Not Acceptable
Stamped signatures are not acceptable. Palmetto GBA continues to receive medical records with stamped signatures. Stamped signatures are only permitted in the case of an author with a physical disability who can provide proof to CMS or a CMS contractor of an inability to sign due to a disability in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.