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    Default Physician's order in the hospital

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    Does anyone knows if the physician has to sign his/her order within 24 hours or they can sign the order when they do their rounds at the hospital. Any help will be appreciated.


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    The following is from CMS.

    Verbal Orders
    As required by the Hospital Conditions of Participation published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), physicians may only authenticate their own chart entries.

    CMS has issued an exception for verbal orders. The exception provides that verbal orders do not need to be signed by the prescribing practitioner, but could be authenticated by another practitioner responsible for the care of the patient.

    All verbal orders must be authenticated based upon federal and state law. If there is no state law that designates a specific timeframe for the authentication of verbal orders, then verbal orders must be authenticated within 48 hours.

    Is this what you are looking for?

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