CMS bans tex­ting by doc­tors

Health Data Management - - WASHINGTON REPORT -

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

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