CMS Set on Telemedicine, What About the Lawyers? | October 11 – For the past few months, hospitals have been on a carousel ride of revolving telemedicine standards, courtesy of The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Now that the accreditors appear to be moving in the same direction, allowing medical staffs to credential and privilege by proxy, hospitals can turn their attention to the legal best practice surrounding these practitioners.

Location is often the culprit behind overlooked telemedicine best practices. First, medical staffs need to ensure the practitioner has a valid medical license in the state where the patient is located. Secondly, legal experts advise medical staffs to draft contracts with telemedicine providers that give the medical staff home jurisdiction in potential malpractice cases.


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