In late May, CMS issued a proposed rule to streamline credentialing processes for physicians and other practitioners providing telemedicine services. The rule will revise Medicare conditions of participation, which also pertain to the Medicaid program, for hospitals and critical access hospitals. In a statement issued this week, the American Hospital Association largely praised the modifications, although it urged CMS to streamline credentialing for physician groups falling outside its modified criteria.
Among other things, the modifications would, the AHA notes, “allow the hospital receiving the telemedicine services to rely upon credentialing and privileging information from the hospital providing the telemedicine services.” Among the conditions specified in the proposed rule are provisions: * that the hospital providing the telemedicine services is a Medicare-participating hospital; * the practitioner providing the telemedicine services is privileged at the hospital providing the telemedicine services; and * the practitioner is licensed to practice in the state in which the receiving hospital is located.
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