General Question for the Week of November 23, 2015

General Compliance Question of the Week


Are full signatures required on changes to medical record documentation or are initials allowed?


Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) can now accept initials instead of signatures for amendments or delayed entries in medical record entries, if there is evidence in the medical record associating the provider’s initials with his or her name. For this information, go to 

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