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CMS proposes to ease the burden of telemedicine credentialing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has submitted a proposed rule to alleviate the burden of telemedicine credentialing. According to the CMS, the current telemedicine credentialing requirement “is a duplicative and burdensome process for physicians, practitioners and the hospitals involved in this process, particularly small hospitals, which often lack adequate resources to fully carry out the traditional credentialing and privileging process for all of the physicians and practitioners that may be available to provide telemedicine services.”

For Medicare hospitals, the current credentialing process requires that medical staff complete the time-consuming task of compiling and verifying credentials for practitioners who provide telemedicine services at the hospital. The proposed rule would revise the conditions of participation, or CoPs, for hospitals and critical access hospitals, allowing them to use third-party organizations to compile and verify provider credentials.

Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through July 26.

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