We're having a spirited debate about what constitutes a timely signature on a visit note. The only guidance I can find is from CMS and simply states "...You may not add late signatures to orders or medical records (beyond the short delay that occurs during the transcription process)..." Our local MAC only covers what constitutes a valid electronic signature and not how they define a timely signature. Personally, I have always thought 30 days was a reasonable period but have no idea if I made it up or heard it somewhere! So I have a few questions:
- Is anyone aware of specific number of days or time frame for a timely signature?
- And if you do, can you provide a link to references supporting it?
- If a late signed note is submitted to Medicare, will they reject it as invalid and recoup any monies paid for the associated charges?