If it's only on an audio CD how would he share this info with other providers, insurance company, even the patient him/herself? Also how can the surgeon "sign" his work if it's audio. Who is to say whether that is the surgeon dictating?
Also most facilities require an operative report in the chart within 24-48 hours.
I'd check with CMS for more guidance. It just makes sense that the document should be in a written format (typed or handwritten).
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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