Its Confirmed: Privileging by Proxy Not Acceptable for Telemedicine Credentialing
Finally, the Joint Commission and CMS are on the same page with respect to the credentialing of physicians who practice via telemedicine. For years, the Joint Commission had stated it was acceptable for one hospital to accept the privileging decisions of another hospital for telemedicine practitioners as long as certain conditions were satisfied. CMS, on the other hand, had taken the position that such privileging by proxy was inappropriate. The Joint Commission is changing its standards to comply with CMS’s position. Additional information is available in the October 2009 issue of Joint Commission Perspectives