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CMS Publishes 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Published November 29, 2011 7:58 AM by Jill Hoffman

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which includes the final retraction of the signature requirement on lab requisitions and the 2012 clinical lab fee schedule, in the Federal Register. A comment period on the final rule closes Jan. 3, 2012.

Last June, the CMS published a proposed rule that removed the requirement for signatures after receiving many comments from the CLMA and other laboratory groups, nursing homes, physicians and stakeholders. At the time the CMS told its contractors not to enforce the requirement during 2011 although the requirement was still in place. In the final rule, the CMS explains the history and background of the signature requirement and states its reasoning for retracting the requirement.

Individuals can submit electronic comments on the rule at


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