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CMS Releases Final Rule on Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging

May 5, 2011

On May 2, 2011, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (the “Final Rule”) that amends the Medicare Conditions of Participation (the “CoPs”) for hospitals and critical access hospitals and changes the process hospitals can use for credentialing and granting privileges to practitioners who deliver care through telemedicine.  Previously, the CoPs required hospitals to fully credential all providers in the same manner regardless of whether the services were to be provided onsite at the hospital or through a telecommunications system.

To view a brief summary of the Final Rule and of the changes it mandates, please click here.

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