Telemed Group Seeks Medicare Participation Changes for Hospitals

The American Telemedicine Association, Washington, is urging the CMS to revise Medicare's conditions of participation largely to better accommodate the use of telemedicine in hospitals.

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In a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, the CMS' acting administrator, the association suggests four changes regarding emergency care, stroke care, critical and intensive care and readmission. The ATA recommends specifically that the participation conditions be amended to allow for video conferencing in emergency care and in stroke care. Such changes could help facilities "significantly lift the burden of maintaining on-site staffing on a continuous basis," according to the letter.