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Billing => Billing => Topic started by: pvtbiller on December 30, 2011, 07:43:24 AM

Title: Box 31
Post by: pvtbiller on December 30, 2011, 07:43:24 AM
Hello - Does a signature have to be in box 31?  If it is a DME supplier billing on the patients behald, is a computer printed name of the company (supplier) with the date acceptable?
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: SLITTLES on December 30, 2011, 10:20:41 AM
When we bill box 31 never has an actual signature, it just has the typed name of our provider.
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: pvtbiller on December 30, 2011, 09:47:12 PM
Thanks so much
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: PMRNC on December 31, 2011, 10:45:37 AM
just to clarify:  For all auditing purposes the provider's signature should be on all encounters.
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: pvtbiller on December 31, 2011, 11:16:11 PM
Even if it prints the dme company and not an induviduals name?  who should sign it then?
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: Michele on January 01, 2012, 01:41:48 PM
I believe she's referring to the patients paperwork/chart.  Not box 31 on the CMS form.
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: pvtbiller on January 01, 2012, 09:01:03 PM
no, on the cms form
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: SLITTLES on January 02, 2012, 08:37:13 AM
I'm confused....as long as the name itself is printed in box 31, the claim is fine.  An actual cursive signature does not have to be in box 31
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: PMRNC on January 02, 2012, 10:10:33 AM
I was just clarifying that although the "signature on file" is accepted on the claim, source documents such as the encounter must have the provider's signature.
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: pvtbiller on January 02, 2012, 10:17:56 AM
thank you
Title: Re: Box 31
Post by: Michele on January 04, 2012, 05:25:00 AM
So just to summarize, original signature must be on source document, but not in box 31.   ;)