TMPPM 2010 > Volume 1, General Information > Section 6: Claims Filing > Claims Filing Instructions > Claim Form Requirements > Provider Signature on Claims Provider Signature on Claims

Each CMS-1500, 2006 American Dental Association (ADA), and Family Planning 2017 paper claim form submitted must have the handwritten signature (or signature stamp) of the provider or an authorized representative in the appropriate block of the claim form. Signatory supervision of the authorized representative is required. Providers delegating signature authority to a member of the office staff or to a billing service remain responsible for the accuracy of all information on a claim submitted for payment. Initials are only acceptable for first and middle names. The last name must be spelled out. An acceptable example is J.A. Smith for John Adam Smith. An unacceptable example is J.A.S. for John Adam Smith. Typewritten names must be accompanied by a handwritten signature; in other words, a typewritten name with signed initials is not acceptable. The signature must be contained within the appropriate block of the claim form. Claims prepared by computer billing services or office-based computers may have "Signature on File" printed in the signature block, but it must be in the same font that is used in the rest of the form. For claims prepared by a billing service, the billing service must retain a letter on file from the provider authorizing the service.

Printing the provider's name instead of "Signature on File" is unacceptable. Because space is limited in the signature block, providers should not type their names in the block. Claims not meeting these specifications appear in the "Paid or Denied Claims" sections of the R&S Reports.

Refer to: "Form 6.1, "Sample Letter XUB Computer Billing Service Inc" in this handbook.

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