OHCA Policies and Rules
317:30-3-30. Signature requirements
(a) For medical review purposes, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) requires that all services provided and/or ordered be authenticated by the author. The method used shall be a handwritten signature, electronic signature, or signature attestation statement. Stamped signatures are not acceptable. Pursuant to federal and/or state law, there are some circumstances for which an order does not need to be signed.
(1) Facsimile of original written or electronic signatures are acceptable for the certifications of terminal illness for hospice.
(2) Orders for clinical diagnostic tests are not required to be signed. If the order for the clinical diagnostic test is unsigned, there must be medical documentation by the treating physician that he/she intended the clinical diagnostic test be performed. This documentation showing the intent that the test be performed must be authenticated by the author via a handwritten or electronic signature.
(3) Orders for outpatient prescription drugs are not required to be signed. If the order for a prescription drug is unsigned, there must be medical documentation by the treating physician that he/she intended that the prescription drug be ordered. This documentation showing the intent that the prescription drug be ordered must be authenticated by the author via a handwritten or electronic signature.
(b) A handwritten signature is a mark or sign by an individual on a document to signify knowledge, approval, acceptance, or obligation. The authentication of a medical record (signature and date entry) is expected on the day the record is completed. If the medical record is transcribed by someone other than the provider, the signature of the rendering provider and date entry is expected within three (3) business days from the day the record is completed. Before any claim is submitted to the OHCA for payment of a provided service, the provider must authenticate the medical records relating to that service.
(1) If a signature is illegible, the OHCA will consider evidence in a signature log or attestation statement to determine the identity of the author of a medical record entry.
(2) If the signature is missing from an order, the OHCA will disregard the order during the review of the claim.
(3) If the signature is missing from any other medical documentation, the OHCA will accept a signature attestation from the author of the medical record entry.
(c) Providers may include in the documentation they submit a signature log that lists the typed or printed name of the author associated with initials or an illegible signature.
(1) The signature log may be included on the actual page where the initials or illegible signature are used or may be a separate document.
(2) The OHCA will not deny a claim for a signature log that is missing credentials.
(3) The OHCA will consider all submitted signature logs regardless of the date they were created.
(d) Providers may include in the documentation they submit a signature attestation statement. In order to be considered valid for medical review purposes, an attestation statement must be signed and dated by the author of the medical record entry and must contain sufficient information to identify the member.
(1) The OHCA will not consider signature attestation statements where there is no associated medical record entry.
(2) The OHCA will not consider signature attestation statements from someone other than the author of the medical record entry in question.
(3) The OHCA will consider all signature attestation statements that meet the above requirements regardless of the date the attestation was created, except in those cases where the regulations or rules indicate that a signature must be in place prior to a given event or a given date.
(e) Providers may use electronic signatures as an alternate signature method.
(1) Providers must use a system and software products which are protected against modification and must apply administrative procedures which are adequate and correspond to recognized standards and laws.
(2) Providers utilizing electronic signatures bear the responsibility for the authenticity of the information being attested to.
(3) Providers utilizing electronic signatures must comply with OAC 317:30-3-4.1.
(f) Nothing in this section is intended to absolve the provider of their obligations in accordance with the conditions set forth in their SoonerCare contract and the rules delineated in OAC 317:30.
Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.