Emergency Management – Privileging Requirements When Providing Services via Telehealth Links During a Disaster (AHC Only)

What is required in order to provide care via telehealth services in an emergency or disaster situation ?

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The applicable requirements that address disaster privileging are found in the Emergency Management (EM) chapter of the Ambulatory Health Care manual at EM.02.02.13. NOTE: The disaster privileging option ONLY applies when the organization has implemented their emergency management plan.

Licensed Independent Practitioners  CURRENTLY credentialed and privileged by the organization, who would now provide the same services via a telehealth link to patients, would not require any additional credentialing or privileging. The medical staff determines which services would be appropriate to be delivered via a telehealth link. There is no requirement that ‘telehealth’ be delineated as a separate privilege. 

For volunteer Licensed Independent Practitioners that are NOT currently credentialed and privileged by the organization, disaster privileges may be granted to volunteer LIPs by following the requirements outlined in the Emergency Management chapter of the accreditation manual. 

Last updated on September 10, 2020
Manual: Ambulatory
Chapter: Emergency Management EM

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