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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

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How should policies for implementing telehealth in the in-patient setting be adopted?

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Specific policies and procedures for implementing telehealth in the in-patient setting should be developed by the medical staff. Under the declared state of emergency, the requirements for hospitals to credential and privilege physicians, including distant-site telehealth providers, have been temporarily waived. However, individual medical staffs should determine whether it is appropriate to suspend credentialing and privileging requirements, and, if so, to consider implementation of alternate measures that will ensure the competency of distant-site telehealth physicians. Furthermore, services provided via telehealth should be identified by each specific department.

The California Medical Association recently released its 2020 Model Medical Staff Bylaws, which medical staffs may wish to consult when developing bylaws to address the implementation of telehealth procedures.

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