When to sign charts

A recent blog post by TeamHealth discusses the importance of signing charts within the specified timeframe. 

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on TeamHealth's website

We all know the facilities in which we work will eventually track us down for a signature on a chart. But did you know that some payers require that charts be signed within 48 hours?

In such instances, if you do not sign the chart within the specified timeframe, the charts cannot be billed. So, if you do not sign your chart until three days after you see a patient, the chart is unbillable.

Unbilled charts mean that you will not receive relative value unit (RVU) credit for the chart. What’s the number one reason why a chart cannot be billed? Missing signatures. For you to receive appropriate credit for the patients you see, you must sign your documentation. No one else can sign your charts for you. Click here to continue>>

 

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