Month: August 2016

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Blurred Lines of Distinction: Standing Orders, Protocols, Order Sets, Favorites

Many clients have asked Patton Healthcare Consultants to help them clarify the blurry lines of distinction between the terms standing orders, protocols, “favorites,” and order sets. The CMS interpretive guidelines make it clear that CMS’s intent is to establish a vetting or review process involving medical, nursing and pharmacy leadership for any “standing order” which would authorize a nurse to take action prior to the order from a practitioner. While the regulation uses the terms interchangeably, the interpretive guidelines specifically state: “Not all pre-printed and electronic order sets are considered a type of ‘standing order’ covered by this regulation.

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