CMS Releases Clarification Regarding Texting of Patient Orders

On December 28, 2017, the Director of the CMS Survey and Certification group issued a memorandum clarifying CMS’ stance on the texting of orders.  Specifically, the memorandum notes that a prohibition on texting applies to patient orders, which should be entered into the medical record by a handwritten note or Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) which is immediately downloaded into the patient’s electronic health record, but never through a text message. As far as texting other communications between health care providers, CMS notes that such communications would be permissible so long as they are communicated in a secure encrypted manner that meets the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The full memorandum can be found on the CMS website by clicking here. The post CMS Releases Clarification Regarding Texting of Patient Orders appeared first on Heath Law Offices.

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