In an update to our earlier post, The Joint Commission announced on June 8th that it will delay approval of secure texting of patient orders until late September. In collaboration with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission stated it will develop "additional guidance" to ensure secure texting of orders is implemented safely and in congruence with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. The Joint Commission and CMS are targeting late September for the release of a "comprehensive series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)", intended to "assist health care organizations with the incorporation of text orders into their policies and procedures." For more information on how you can respond to physician inquiries regarding using secure messaging for orders please contact us. You can read The Joint Commission's full article here.