ClearHealth Quality Institute Unveils New Telemedicine Accreditation Program

ClearHealth Quality Institute, an independent health care accrediting body, announced today the launch of CHQI’s new Telemedicine Accreditation Program (TAP).

MHW has learned that the program is now accepting applicants and the TAP Standards and Guide are now available at www.CHQI.com.

As the only telemedicine or telehealth accreditation program endorsed by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the TAP accreditation seal provides consumers with an easy-to-identify confirmation of quality from an independent third-party organization. This patient and consumer benefit had previously been unavailable for telehealth services, which are a rapidly expanding segment of the health care market.

“The CHQI Telemedicine Standards Committee, comprised of relevant stakeholders such as providers, regulators, payers, consumers and technology companies, thoroughly vetted the TAP standards to ensure they are the most comprehensive set of national accreditation measures for assessing the quality and safety of telemedicine programs and services,” said Alexis Gilroy, JD, Partner, Jones Day, Co-Chair, CHQI Telemedicine Standards Committee, and ATA Board Member. “These efforts included a public comment period and beta test cycle.”

Last spring, CHQI entered into an agreement with the American Telemedicine Association to develop the next generation of telemedicine accreditation standards. Over the past nine months, a committee of national telemedicine experts updated and expanded ATA’s Accreditation Program for Online Patient Consultations, which was established in 2015.

Both CHQI and ATA’s boards approved the new TAP Standards and Guide, version 2.0, which replace ATA’s accreditation program.

“While TAP represents the first standards CHQI has introduced to market, three additional accreditation programs – mental health parity, Cone Beam CT, and health insurance appeals – are under development,” noted Joel V. Brill, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Predictive Health and CHQI Advisory Board Chair. “CHQI is supporting a value-based, accountable care health system by offering innovative accreditation, compliance monitoring, and outcomes measurement programs.”

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