Attention: Acute Care Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Please share this information with:
- Chief Nursing Officer
- Chief Medical Officer / VP Medical Affairs
- Director, Pharmacy Services
- Director / Manager, Medical Records / HIM
On January 5, 2018, CMS published a revision to Survey & Certification memo #18-10 (originally published 12/28/17), “Texting of Patient Information among Healthcare Providers.”
- CMS revised this memo to clarify the providers affected by this policy are Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals. The memo references the following CFRs:
- For Hospitals: §482.24(b) and §482.24(c)
- For Critical Access Hospitals: §485.638(a) and §485.638(b)
- While texting ‘patient information’ among members of the Hospital and CAH healthcare team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform, texting of ‘patient orders’ is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized.
- CPOE is the preferred method of order entry by the provider.
CMS has also communicated that effective January 2018, the Survey and Certification Group is now known as the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group (QSOG). Effective immediately, the S&C memos will be labeled as “QSO Memos.”
Therefore, the revised S&C 18-10 has been re-labeled as QSO 18-10.
These QSO Memos (formerly known as S&C memos) are posted on the S&C website, click here to view these memos.
Are any standards affected by this change?
Click here to read the full CMS S&C 18-10 revision.
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