Medica Staff & Telemedicine: Meet CMS-CoPs & TJC Standards
Any hospital that accepts Medicare and Medicaid payments must comply with the regulations known as Conditions of Participation. The 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. The board and medical staff sections of the CoPs will be discussed in detail. There will also be a concurrent discussion of 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. Telemedicine continues to be a significant factor in health care today. Every acute care hospital, critical access hospital, and rural emergency hospital participating in telemedicine should ensure compliance. Standards for all three will be discussed. A problematic standard regarding telemedicine is the failure of the hospital to have the required sections in the contract for telemedicine services. This webinar will cover what provisions should be included in a telemedicine contract.