Medical Staff and Telemedicine: Meeting CMS CoP and TJC StandardsRegister
Hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must comply with the Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital CoPs have sections on all aspects of patient care, including medical staff and telemedicine. There are multiple deficiencies from CMS related to the medical staff section.
This session will also cover the board and medical staff sections of the CoPs, and there will be a concurrent discussion of the Joint Commission (TJC) standards for medical staff.
Although telemedicine has been a factor in health care for many years, COVID-19 gave it a larger role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. This session will discuss standards for acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, and rural emergency hospitals participating in telemedicine. Finally, this webinar will cover what provisions should be included in a telemedicine contract.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Compliance Officer, Emergency Department personnel, Joint Commission Coordinator, Medical Records, Quality Improvement personnel, Risk Manager, Legal Counsel.
- At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
- Discuss that hospitals can have a separate medical staff or a unified shared integrated medical staff.
- Describe the requirements for medical staff under the CMS Conditions of Participation and TJC standards.
- Explain the requirement that hospitals must have a written telemedicine agreement specifying the responsibilities of the distant-site hospital and entities to meet the required credentialing requirements.
- Recall that The Joint Commission has standards on telemedicine.
Laura A. Dixon, RN, JD, RN, CPHRM
Director, Risk Management and Patient Safety
Colorado Region of Kaiser Permanente