Revenue Cycle

Ensure valid physician orders

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, June 18, 2008

With a few exceptions, such as flu, pneumonia vaccines, and screening mammograms, scheduled service requests must be based on a valid physician order.

Although verbal orders can be initially accepted under certain circumstances defined in an organization’s bylaws, all orders must be formally signed by the ordering physician. An authenticated signature can be written, stamped, faxed, or digital.

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