Rendering physician signature question

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Good morning,

I have a question in regards to hospital documentation and rendering physician signatures.

I have physicians signing other physicians dictation. It was my understanding that only the rendering physician can authenticate their own dictation. Now our physicians see patients in the hospital, but are not employed by the hospital and they do their own billing (non-facility billing/coding). It was explained to me that when a physician is not available to authenticate their own dictation, a physician from the same office will go out and sign for them.

If this is not allowed, can someone direct me where I can find this information? I read in Noridian AZ back in April 2010 about signatures. Need some reinforcement.

Is this allowed?

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Wow! That is definitely not allowed. The physician that signs that documentation is stating that everything in that document is correct. He cannot say that if he did not see the patient. I believe if there was ever an audit the physician that signed the note would be held liable because he signed the note. Not totally sure on that but it definitely opens up a can of worms that I don't think you want opened.
 

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Wow! That is definitely not allowed. The physician that signs that documentation is stating that everything in that document is correct. He cannot say that if he did not see the patient. I believe if there was ever an audit the physician that signed the note would be held liable because he signed the note. Not totally sure on that but it definitely opens up a can of worms that I don't think you want opened.
See I thought the same thing too. I just needed some reinforcement on the issue. Thank you so much..
 

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iIt just so happens that in this months Coding Edge the signature issue is addressed. That will give you something in writing if you need that. :)
 
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