Joint Commission Applauds CMS Revisions to Telemedicine

The Joint Commission released a statement applauding the revised Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging requirements. The new rule, long supported by the Joint Commission, becomes effective on July 5, 2011.

The rule, which applies to all hospitals that participate in Medicare, and inpatients at critical access hospitals (CAH), upholds The Joint Commission’s current practice of allowing the hospital or CAH to utilize information from the distant-site hospital or other accredited telemedicine entity when making credentialing or privileging decisions for the distant-site physicians and practitioners.