I had this same question. What I could find, was that it varies by state what is the allowable time frame for OP Reports ( I work for an ASC). Medicare and CMS basically say "reasonable" amount of time after service. I wish they would just make a definitive time frame, as some providers need that prodding, otherwise you could wait for weeks sometimes. I know where I worked before, we had a state auditor come in and said it was 48 hours, because how could a provider remember every exact detail of every patient that was seen in one day but a week later when they are dictating their report!!! She said in the interum they may have seen over a hundred or so patients and the memory is not that great and it would be easy to mix up patients. Just imagine what the providers had to say about that!--of course they had perfect memory!
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