Credentialing & Privileging

Ask the expert: What are the responsibilities of originating and distant sites with regards to telemedicine?

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, July 29, 2011

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The following outlines the relationship between and the responsibilities of the originating and distant sites:

  • The medical staffs at both the originating and the distant sites recommend the clinical services that LIPs may appropriately provide through a telemedicine link at their respective sites. The MEC should approve these recommendations.
  • Telemedicine will continue to evolve, making services and approaches through technology more readily available. Medical staff members at the originating site evaluate the organization’s capability to safely provide services on an ongoing basis.
  • Medical staff members at the distant site evaluate the performance of those services as part of privileging and as part of the reappraisal conducted at the time of reappointment, renewal, or revision of clinical privileges.
  • The medical staff at both the originating and distant sites ensure that the clinical services offered are consistent with commonly accepted quality standards.

This week’s question and answer are from The Medical Staff Professional’s Handbook by Maggie Palmer, MSA, CPMSM, CPCS; Anne Roberts, CPMSM, CPCS.
 



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