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    How important are signatures on EMR documentation? I'm being instructed for the first time in all my years of coding that these are not necessary.

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    You're being told that a EMR record does not require a signature?? Where in the world did they get this information and could they possibly produce proof of their view?

    http://www.cms.gov/transmittals/downloads/R327PI.pdf

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    Absolutely not true. In fact, CMS has signature initiates out there and CERT is cracking down on signatures. See this CMS CR: http://www.cms.gov/transmittals/downloads/R327PI.pdf
    Jenny Berkshire, CPC, CEMC, CGIC

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    Thanks a million for the information. Apparently the previous Palmett CMS info did not do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaud63 View Post
    How important are signatures on EMR documentation? I'm being instructed for the first time in all my years of coding that these are not necessary.
    Signatures are VERY important, including on EHR/EMR documentation. Specific requirements exist surrounding appropriate use of electronic signatures (they must be approved/authenticated, etc. . .)
    Jennifer (Jenny) M. Oravecz, CPC
    Past Vice President/Education Officer (2012/2011) of Professional Coders of Central Pennsylvania (PCOCPA), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Past President/President-Elect (2009/2008) of Professional Coders of Tidewater, Chesapeake, Virginia

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