I'm a primary care physician imbedded in a speciality clinic (I know, it's weird) and like many of us, am spending significant time signing homecare orders. I've been told our NP/PAs cannot sign them for the pts for whom they are "PCP." So far, I've been refusing to sign them for patients for whom I'm not PCP.
I'm now being asked to sign off on these orders and paperwork for patients for whom I was the last physician to see them. Even if I saw them for a sick visit last year, I would be asked to sign. I'm being told that other physicians sign off of papers for other physicians who have been out of the office and unavailable, for patients they've never even seen.
Is this something other physicians have been asked to do? Is anyone aware of the legal issues surrounding this? It seems like a liability I'm being asked to shoulder and I'm curious if I'm overreacting or being unfair with how I'm approaching this.
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