She should separately dictate and record a date of service. While the surgeon may ALWAYS dictate right away, there is no way for an auditor to know this. It is not uncommon for a physician to get tied up with other matters and not get all dictations done on the same date as the service was provided.
To be perfectly clear, and "audit-proof" the surgeon should dictate the date of service.
Hope that helps.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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