The Joint Commission pushes back telemedicine requirements until March 2011

Accreditation Connection, June 14, 2010

The Joint Commission's plan to implement CMS telemedicine standards for hospitals, both acute and critical access, has been pushed back until March 2011, according to an official announcement from the accrediting body.

Originally slated for implementation on July 15, 2010, The Joint Commission had intended to add new Elements of Performance (EP) that would bring the organization's requirements more in line with CMS standards for telemedicine services, specifically for the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers.

CMS issued an extension to The Joint Commission on the grounds that CMS has proposed changes to telemedicine requirements—which will in turn affect the organization's own standards and in turn change the requirements The Joint Commission intends to implement.

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