Blue Ink Signatures, A Thing of the Past

San Francisco, CA – May 4, 2012 – The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently issued Policy and Procedure Letter (PPL) 12-009 which establishes that electronic signatures will be acceptable for California’s SMAA and CMAA programs in the coming fiscal year.


Paradigm’s web-based applications are already compliant with the standards set forth in the PPL, which state the electronic signature must:

  1. Identify the individual signing the document by name and title,
  2.  Assure the documentation cannot be altered after the signature has been affixed, and
  3.  Provide evidence that makes it difficult for the signor to claim the electronic signature is not valid.

View PPL 12-009 here.

As the blue-ink signature becomes a thing of the past, questions remain on how the state’s regional oversight agencies (LECs and LGAs) for the SMAA and CMAA programs will implement their own standards for certifying the DHCS criteria has been met. Not to mention, whether this movement will eventually impact the school-based LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option. (We know that the state of Indiana allows electronic signatures for their school-based Medicaid billing program, for example.)

One point is clear, by allowing the digital to overtake the analog, the processes of these programs will be evermore streamlined which means only enhanced participation in the programs.

Paradigm’s Policy & Research Division will soon be posting additional research associated with the implementation of electronic signatures. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (888) 536-0920 or send us an email.