Authentication of Physician Orders in Hospitals
This memo supersedes DQA Memo 07-019 issued October 27, 2007 and repeals the statewide variance of Section DHS 124.12(b)(b)11, Wisconsin Administrative Code: Authentication of Physician Orders in Hospitals. Effective July 16, 2012, CMS regulations regarding authentication of verbal orders within 48 hours has sunset. The new federal standard refers to state law to determine timely authentication. Current State rule governing physician authentication, section DHS 124.12(5)(b)11, Wisconsin Administrative Code, states that:
DHS 124.04 allows for the granting of a variance requested by a hospital if it does not “adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of any patient” and that “strict enforcement of a requirement would result in unreasonable hardship on the hospital or on a patient.” If a hospital wishes to request a variance of the requirement identified in DHS 124.12(5)(b)11, please submit the request to adhere to a 48 hour timeframe via email to DHSWebmailDQA@dhs.wisconsin.gov and include the following:
DQA will review and respond to these requests as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about this change, please call or email: Jan Heimbruch, Section Chief at (608) 266-0371 or Jan.Heimbruch@wisconsin.gov or Lora Quinn, Section Chief at (608) 266-0269 or Lora.Quinn@wisconsin.gov.
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Last Updated: May 02, 2013