CMS Considering NAHC Request to Delay CR 5550 Effective Date Faxed Hand Written Signatures OK

On Dec. 14, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) requested clarification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Change Request 5550 which eliminated stamped and electronic signatures for hospice certifications effective September 3, 2007 (NAHC Report , Dec. 17, 2007). NAHC expressed the concern that this was a change…