Our thoughts are with our colleagues from St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin Missouri, who yesterday had to deal with the kind of major disaster every hospital employee prepares for and hopes to never experience.
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.
Kevin Pho, M.D. asks, ‘Should nurses be fired for fatal medication errors?’
Some may think the answer is a no-brainer, but as Kevin points out, there are often bigger issues at stake.