Monday, October 26, 2009

Question of the Week: Telemedicine

Today we're launching a "Question of the Week" on the NAMSS Blog. Each week, we will feature a new poll on an issue facing MSPs. This will allow you to get a pulse on what your colleagues think, and on practices that are implemented in other facilities.

This week's topic is telemedicine. The following article from Scripps Howard News Service includes comments from several health experts who believe that although telemedicine is addressed in health reform proposals, the government is not making enough of an investment in this technology. (Link to article:

We all know that telemedicine can expand access to care, especially in rural areas. However, we also know that there is still debate over how credentialing of telemedicine providers should be handled. Recently, The Joint Commission amended its credentialing by proxy standards in order to comply with the CMS Conditions of Participation, which currently do not recognize this practice.

So this week's question is, how does your facility currently perform credentialing for telemedicine providers? Vote in the poll to the right, and feel free to discuss your views on the issue in the comment field below.

We are also looking for other "Questions of the Week." If there is a topic or question you would like to see on the NAMSS Blog, e-mail your idea to

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