CMS bans texting by doctors
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has outlined a position that the texting of medical orders by physicians is not permissible.
The position was outlined in a memo to state survey agency directors from the head of CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey and Certification Group.
The guidance from CMS states that the texting of patient orders “is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized,” and computerized provider order entry (CPOE) “is the preferred method of order entry by a provider.”
The document does allow texting of patient information among members of a healthcare team