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Are You Prepared to Sign a Death Certificate within the 48-Hour Window?
Posted on: 6/28/2019
Signing Death Certificates in Illinois Guideline

Many physicians are uncomfortable with signing death certificates.

For some, this may be due to concerns over potential litigation, while others may be uneasy stating a cause of death when the patient died outside of their presence. 

Yet when a patient passes away, the physician who was in charge of the patient's care (for the illness or condition that caused the death) must complete and sign a medical certification within 48 hours, with a few exceptions.

Learn more with ISMS' Signing Death Certificates in Illinois Guideline*, a resource that provides detailed guidance on completing these medical certifications.

Questions? ISMS members may contact the ISMS Legal Department with questions at 800-782-4767 ext. 6485 or by email

This ISMS medical legal guideline is a member benefit and is password protected.

If you need to request a username and password, contact online support at 888-476-7776 or onlinehelp@isms.org between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests are answered promptly the next business day. You may also register online or retrieve your username or password.

*This guideline is for educational purposes only.  

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