The Challenges

Principal Investigator
Howard Yonas, MD
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
UNM School of Medicine
MSC10 5615
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 272-3401

The project described is supported by Grant Number 1C1CMS331351-01-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this document are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies

Medical-Legal Considerations

Challenge #1: Medical-legal considerations.

All providers involved in the ACCESS network will be credentialed with each hospital where they provide patient care. We offer a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to every hospital that joins the ACCESS network and 11 of the 30 hospital selected to participate in this statewide THS have sign a contract with NMXS which will further help clarify with medical-legal concerns.

Additionally, ACCESS physicians will provide a written report of the recommendation to the referring hospital via the telehealth system with in minutes from completing the consults providing back up for the spoke HCP acting o the hub HCP recommendation.

One goal of the statewide External Scientific Community Advisory Committee (ESCAC) — which we will establish in Tier IV of our community integration plan — will be to create standards for using telehealth statewide. This will result in greater comfort for providers participating in ACCESS.