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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 2. Medicaid Children’s Services Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) : 2.1 CCP Overview : 2.1.4 Prior Authorization and Documentation Requirements : 2.1.4.3 Physician Signature

2.1.4.3
Physician Signature
The dated signature of the physician (M.D. or D.O.) on a prescription or CCP Authorization Request Form must be current to the service date(s) of the request, i.e., the signature must always be on or before the service start date and no older than three months before the current date(s) of service requested. Physician signatures dated after the service start date on initial requests cannot be accepted as documentation supporting medical necessity for dates of service prior to the signature date. A request for prior authorization must include documentation from the provider to support the medical necessity of the service, equipment, or supply. If services begin as a result of a verbal order before the physician’s dated signature, proof of the verbal order must be submitted with the request.
Stamped signatures and dates are not accepted on CCP Authorization Request Forms or prescriptions for CCP prior authorized services, supplies, or equipment. Verbal orders must be cosigned and dated by a physician (M.D. or D.O.) within two weeks, per provider policy. Signatures of nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), physician assistants (PAs), or doctors of philosophy (PhDs) are not accepted on CCP Authorization Request Forms or prescriptions for CCP prior authorized services.
Physician prescriptions must be specific to the type of service requested. For example, if the provider is requesting PT, the prescription must request physical therapy, not just therapy.

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