CMS Issues Final Rule for Credentialing for Telemedicine Services

On May 5, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register its final rule for telemedicine credentialing and privileging for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). Beginning July 5, 2011, hospitals and CAHs, will have the option of proxy credentialing distant-site physicians and practitioners pursuant to a written agreement. Currently, hospitals and CAHs must credential distant-site physicians and practitioners in the same manner as their on-site staff.

For more information on the final rule and a hospital’s compliance with the final rule, please contact Adrienne Dresevic, Esq. or Carey F. Kalmowitz, Esq. and for more information on staff privileging matters, please contact Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. at (248) 996-8510 or (212) 734-0128 or visit the HLP website.