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It is no longer necessary for a psychiatrist to undergo a full credentialing process at every site where they provide telepsychiatry services.
Any sites which have agreements with each other to provide telemedicine services have been able, since 2011, to implement “privileging by proxy” whereby one hospital is allowed to rely on information provided by the other hospital in making credentialing decisions for physicians providing telemedicine services.
Telepsychiatrists need to inform their credentialing departments of this rule to ensure that credentialing processes are streamlined, and that this is no longer a barrier to telemedicine.