Module 3: Physician Practice Standards and Licensure

This module is preceded by an update on licensure. This module opens with an overview of BCM policies surrounding licensure requirements for telemedicine and then links to a video that provides the learner with an overview of medical practices in adherence with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies. Texas also provides a state-specific regulatory definition for ‘telehealth’ and its limitation to nonphysician licensed providers, which the module reviews. Also included in the module is an overview of the recent CMS regulatory waivers for telemedicine temporarily introduced to assist clinicians and patients during the COVID-19 emergency.

The content has been designed for a clinical audience with limited or no previous experience with telemedicine.

CME Information

CME Credit Available

You may claim CME credit after watching this activity.

Needs Statement

Telemedicine, the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance, is being implemented at an increasing rate to meet demands for improved access to care, cost efficiencies, improved quality, and to address consumer demand. The availability of clinicians trained in the appropriate use of telemedicine has become even more critical with the onset of the COVID-19 global health emergency where these technologies have essential roles to play in supporting among other things, the triaging of patients into appropriate care pathways and management of others at a distance. With these current demands, clinical providers who will be engaging in telemedicine activities need to be updated on the current methods of delivering health services using a variety of telemedicine technologies. This 6-part training series aims to increase providers’ knowledge and skills in the types of telemedicine, its uses, and in the utilization of telehealth tools for conducting synchronous and asynchronous visits that offer quality care and increased patient satisfaction in compliance with state and federal regulations and licensing requirements including recent CMS policies for telehealth.

Objectives

  • Compare and contrast telemedicine and telehealth.
  • Define the acronyms MUA, MUP, and HPSA.
  • Describe polices related to telemedicine visits.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Nurses

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Presenter

  1. Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.D.N.

    Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.D.N.

    Assistant Professor
    School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center

Program Director

  1. Michael Fordis, M.D.

    Michael Fordis, M.D.

    Senior Associate Dean and Director, Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies (CCIT)
    Baylor College of Medicine

Term of Approval

March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022. Original release date: March 1, 2020.

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Disclosures

The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

Presenter

  1. Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.D.N.

    Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.D.N.

    Assistant Professor
    School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

Program Director

  1. Michael Fordis, M.D.

    Michael Fordis, M.D.

    Senior Associate Dean and Director, Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies (CCIT)
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.