• New Telemedicine Final Rule Presents Opportunity for Hospitals and Physicians
  • May 23, 2011 | Author: Bruce D. Armon
  • Law Firm: Saul Ewing LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • On May 5, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published (76 FR 25550) a final rule creating a new credentialing and privileging process for physicians and practitioners providing telemedicine services. The final rule, which goes into effect July 5, 2011, permits hospitals receiving the telemedicine services to rely upon the credentialing and privileging information from a distant-site facility (the location of the provider of the telemedicine services) provided that certain conditions are satisfied. The final rule adds new conditions of participation for a hospital's governing body (42 CFR 482.12) and its medical staff (42 CFR 482.22). Before enactment of the final rule, hospitals were required to duplicate the credentialing and privileging for each and every practitioner providing telemedicine services even though these practitioners were previously credentialed by the sponsoring telemedicine entity.