The question has come up during on of our EMR compliance work sessions as to whether from an auditing standpoint, does the physician have to authiticate each section of the EMR or is the authintication at the end of the note sufficient?

For instance in our EMR set up, a patient comes in the office and the nurse/med assist. takes vitals, obtains medication information, allergies and that type of information and the EMR populates the nurse/med assist. name in that section of the record. However, the physician does not come back in and authinticate those sections, but does authinticate the note at the end. Does the physician get credit in an audit for those sections?

Any supporting documentation would be appreciated

Thank you