CMS Allowing Texting of Patient Orders

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Caitlin Wells
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CMS Allowing Texting of Patient Orders

On 2/8/24 CMS published Memorandum Summary which states that texting patient orders is now permissible if HIPAA compliant and compliant with CoPs. For ordering medications this seem like a huge safety concern. We can easily find multiple examples of providers trying to text orders which did not contain all requirements of a medication order (for example no route, no frequency etc.) and used abbreviations on the "Do Not Use" list. There is no tall man lettering in texting orders. I am wondering what others think about this change, if you are going to allow it at your health system and if so what safeguards you will put in place? Thanks

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