CMS Final Rule Eases Hospital Privileging for Telemedicine

A final rule issued by CMS will make it easier for hospitals to credential and privilege physicians and other clinical practitioners for a telemedicine connection with another hospital or facility, according to a report by AHA News Now.

When credentialing, hospitals that receive telemedicine from physicians not on their medical staffs can now rely on credentialing data from the sending facility rather than having to conduct their own credentialing process.

The change means "patients can have the benefit of expert specialists working with their personal physicians to determine a diagnosis and monitor the treatment, even when the patient lives a considerable distance away from the specialist," AHA Vice President Nancy Foster said in a statement.

Read the AHA News Now report on credentialing.

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