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    an office note was signed illegibly on the DOS but then there is a legible signature from the physician one day later.

    I believe another provider such as PA examined patient and signed office note and then the physician reviewed and signed.

    Since the guidelines state face to face and I can't read the provider signature, is it acceptable to code with the physician's signature and date?

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    If I understand you correctly.

    DOS patient seen by unknown provider (signature illegible / handwriting not recognized)
    DOS + 1 day - physician reviews and signs/dates above note.

    You think another provider (PA?) performed the service on DOS. Is just the signature illegible, but you can read the rest of it?

    I would bill it out under the name of the provider who saw the patient face-to-face. (Apparently NOT the physician.)

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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