COVID-19

Easing Prescribing Requirements

When COVID-19 occurred, many states were silent or put restrictions on the prescribing of scheduled drugs and/or controlled substances via telehealth.  During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), states that had stricter laws or regulations on prescribing eased them, often allowing the patient-provider relationship to be established via telehealth where they may not have previously. These policies are temporary and most will expire at the end of the PHE.

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Federal

Last updated 01/19/2022

CMS: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

STATUS: Active, Expires at end …

CMS: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

STATUS: Active, Expires at end of PHE

Drug Enforcement Agency:  Questions and Answers for Telemedicine

STATUS: Active, Expires at end of PHE

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Alabama

Last updated 05/19/2022

No reference found.

No reference found.

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Alaska

Last updated 05/30/2022

STATUS: Varies, some expiration dates

STATUS: Varies, some expiration dates vary.

Professional Regulation: State Emergency Regulations made permanent

STATUS: Permanent

Professional Regulation: Opioid Treatment by APRNs During Emergencies Made Permanent

STATUS: Permanent

SB 241: In-Person Exam Requirement

STATUS: Enacted

State Nursing Board: Standards of Practice for Telehealth

STATUS: Permanent

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development: Telehealth and Licensing During COVID-19

STATUS: Temporary allowances expired.  Document also outlines permanent policies.

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Arizona

Last updated 07/12/2022

Medicaid:  Telehealth Delivery and Billing FAQs

STATUS: Active

Medicaid:  Telehealth Delivery and Billing FAQs

STATUS: Active

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Arkansas

Last updated 07/02/2022

Previous COVID waivers expired.

Previous COVID waivers expired.

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California

Last updated 01/17/2022

Medicaid: DHCS COVID-19 Medication-Assisted Treatment and Telehealth

STATUS: Active, expirations …

Medicaid: DHCS COVID-19 Medication-Assisted Treatment and Telehealth

STATUS: Active, expirations vary.  Federal policies are active during federal state of emergency/PHE

Medicaid: Narcotic Treatment Program

STATUS: Active, expiration varies depending on policy

Medical Board of California: FAQ on Internet Prescribing

STATUS: Active

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Colorado

Last updated 07/27/2022

STATUS: Active

Division

STATUS: Active

Division of Professions and Occupations: Emergency Regulations

STATUS: Active

Medical Board: Prescribing Rules

STATUS: Active

Nursing Board: Emergency Regulations

STATUS: Active

Dental Board: Prescribing Rules

STATUS: Active

Department of Regulatory Agencies: FAQs on COVID-19 Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

Executive Order: Waived in-person requirement for issuance of medical cannabis card & EO Extension

STATUS: Expired

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Delaware

Last updated 03/26/2022

Medicaid:  Telehealth and COVID FAQs

STATUS: Active, until further notice.…

Medicaid:  Telehealth and COVID FAQs

STATUS: Active, until further notice.

Medicaid: Changes to Telehealth Policy

STATUS: Active, until further notice.

Division of Professional Regulation:  Letter to Pharmacists RE Telehealth

STATUS: Unclear if still active.

Office of the Governor: Declaration of State of Emergency

STATUS: Terminated July 12, 2021

Office of the Governor: State of Public Health Emergency Declaration

STATUS: Expired

HB 348:  Extends Telehealth Emergency Expansions – Allow audio-only, waive in-person requirements, expand eligible providers and insurance coverage

STATUS: Enacted  (Expired July 1, 2021)

HB 160: Permanent Private Payer Telehealth Expansions – Made audio-only flexibility permanent and removed in-person requirements in certain instances

STATUS: Enacted (Most provisions took effect July 1, 2021)

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District of Columbia

Last updated 02/18/2022

Health Regulation and Licensing Administration: Guidance on use of Telehealth

Health Regulation and Licensing Administration: Guidance on use of Telehealth in DC

STATUS: Active

Department of Health:Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online Consultation/Telemedicine (Medical Marijuana)

STATUS: Varies, some sections only active during DC PHE.

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Florida

Last updated 08/04/2022

Department of Health: Florida Telehealth 

STATUS: Active

Department of Health: …

Department of Health: Florida Telehealth 

STATUS: Active

Department of Health: Telehealth FAQs

STATUS: Active

Florida Board of Medicine: Updates for health care providers regarding expiration of emergency orders

STATUS: Active

Department of Children and Families: Emergency Rule for Substance Abuse Program and MAT Treatment

STATUS: Expired

Department of Children and Families: Emergency Rule for Substance Abuse Program and MAT Treatment

STATUS: Expired

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Georgia

Last updated 07/06/2022

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: Medication Assisted Treatment

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: Medication Assisted Treatment and Telehealth

STATUS: Appears to have expired due to end of GA State of Emergency.

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Hawaii

Last updated 03/22/2022

Office of the Governor COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation: Suspension of enforcement

Office of the Governor COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation: Suspension of enforcement penalties related to provider prescribing practices and out-of-state providers(See p.22-23)

STATUS: State PHE ended, unclear if still active

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Idaho

Last updated 02/04/2022

ID Statute 54-5707: Allows prescribing via telehealth in compliance with …

ID Statute 54-5707: Allows prescribing via telehealth in compliance with federal law

STATUS: Enacted

HB 394: Extends effective dates including HB 38/ID Statute 54-5707

STATUS: Enacted

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Illinois

Last updated 02/26/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Indiana

Last updated 04/07/2022

Medicaid:  COVID-19 Telemedicine Billing Guidance

STATUS: IN PHE Expired, however, IN Medicaid has not issued a new bulletin with other instructions.

Office of the Governor: Executive Order on Medicaid Telemedicine

STATUS: IN PHE Expired.

Professional Licensing Agency: COVID-19 Actions

STATUS: Active

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Iowa

Last updated 07/20/2022

Kansas

Last updated 06/12/2022

Senate Bill 283:  Exceptions to Prescribing In-Person Requirement

STATUS: Enacted.  …

Senate Bill 283:  Exceptions to Prescribing In-Person Requirement

STATUS: Enacted.  Exception Mar. 31, 2022.

Board of Healing Arts: Guidance on Telemedicine during COVID-19

STATUS: Expired

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Kentucky

Last updated 03/15/2022

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until end of …

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until end of federal PHE

SB 150: Provider-Patient Relationship

STATUS: Enacted

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Louisiana

Last updated 08/02/2022

Maryland

Last updated 08/02/2022

Medicaid: FAQs for Opioid Treatment Program and Buprenorphine Providers

STATUS: Varies, legislation temporarily extends some flexibilities

Medicaid: Behavioral Health COVID FAQs

STATUS: Varies, legislation temporarily extends some flexibilities

Department of Health: FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active

STATUS: Enacted

HB 123/SB 3 : Extends many telehealth flexibilities including relaxed originating site restrictions, as well as audio-only and parity until June 30, 2023

STATUS: Enacted

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Massachusetts

Last updated 03/22/2022

Medicaid: Access to Health Services Through Telehealth

STATUS: Permanent

Medicaid: …

Medicaid: Access to Health Services Through Telehealth

STATUS: Permanent

Medicaid: Updated MassHealth Telehealth Policy

STATUS: Extended by Bulleting 314 and 324. Now expired.

Medicaid: MassHealth Coverage and Reimbursement Policy

STATUS: Active, until federal public health emergency ends.

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs for Behavioral Health Providers

STATUS: Active

Emergency Rule: COVID-19 payment rates for certain community health care providers

STATUS: Active

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Michigan

Last updated 01/17/2022

No reference found.

No reference found.

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Minnesota

Last updated 08/03/2022

No Reference Found.

No Reference Found.

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Mississippi

Last updated 01/13/2022

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

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Missouri

Last updated 01/10/2022

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

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Montana

Last updated 08/01/2022

Office of the Governor:  Montana State of Emergency Executive Order (2-2021)

STATUS:  Expiration varies, some permanent, and others may have been extended by Temporary Emergency Rule 37-955 but are now expired.

Office of the Governor: Directive Implementing EO 2-2021

STATUS:  Expiration varies, some permanent, and others may have been extended by Temporary Emergency Rule 37-955 but are now expired.

HB 43: Patient-Provider Relationship

STATUS: Enacted

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Nebraska

Last updated 03/26/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Nevada

Last updated 06/29/2022

Medicaid: Update to Telehealth Services

STATUS: Unclear if still active. …

Medicaid: Update to Telehealth Services

STATUS: Unclear if still active. Still accessible on COVID Informational webpage.

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New Hampshire

Last updated 06/09/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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New Jersey

Last updated 04/13/2022

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Telehealth for Opioid

Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Telehealth for Opioid Treatment Programs

STATUS: Active

Department of Consumer Affairs: Allows health care practitioners to utilize telemedicine encounters to meet prescribing requirements

STATUS: Active, until end of state of emergency or public health emergency, whichever is later. PHE has ended, but state of emergency is still active.

Office of Attorney General: Telemedicine Services for Those who qualify for medical marijuana

STATUS: Active, until end of NJ state of emergency or PHE

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New Mexico

Last updated 08/03/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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New York

Last updated 04/07/2022

Office of Mental Health:  Telemental Health and Program Guidance

STATUS: …

Office of Mental Health:  Telemental Health and Program Guidance

STATUS: Based on Waiver believed to still be in effect (Most recent waiver reissued February 5. 2022 for 120 days).

Office of Mental Health: COVID-19 Disaster Emergency FAQ

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Final Rule Allowing Telehealth for Abortion Services

STATUS: Active

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North Carolina

Last updated 03/23/2022

Medical Board: Telemedicine FAQs

STATUS: Active

Medical Board: Telemedicine FAQs

STATUS: Active

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North Dakota

Last updated 08/08/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Ohio

Last updated 03/31/2022

Medical Board:  Telemedicine Guidance

STATUS:  Varies.  OH State of Emergency …

Medical Board:  Telemedicine Guidance

STATUS:  Varies.  OH State of Emergency ended on June 18. Federal public health emergency is still active.

Medical Board: Telemedicine Update

STATUS: Expired

Medical Board: Telemedicine FAQs

STATUS: Expired

Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction: COVID-19 Telehealth FAQs

STATUS:  Varies. Mix of temporary expired policies and permanent policies.

Mental Health and Addiction Services: COVID-19 and Opioid Treatment Telehealth

STATUS:  Active, until document updated

Mental Health and Addiction Services: COVID-19 Guidance for the Field Office Based Opioid Treatment

STATUS:  Active, until document updated

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Oklahoma

Last updated 04/07/2022

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

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Oregon

Last updated 01/20/2022

Oregon Medical Board: COVID-19 Guidance

STATUS: Active. State of Emergency …

Oregon Medical Board: COVID-19 Guidance

STATUS: Active. State of Emergency ends June 30, 2022. Federal PHE still active.

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Pennsylvania

Last updated 04/07/2022

Medicaid:  Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations

STATUS: Expired, replaced by

Medicaid:  Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations

STATUS: Expired, replaced by permanent policy, OMHSAS-21-09

Department of State:  Buprenorphine treatment via telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until June 30, 2022 unless terminated sooner

Department of State: Waived and Suspended Licensing Regulations

STATUS: Active

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Rhode Island

Last updated 07/19/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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South Carolina

Last updated 03/22/2022

South Dakota

Last updated 01/26/2022

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Tennessee

Last updated 04/11/2022

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

Previous COVID-19 waivers expired.

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Texas

Last updated 04/12/2022

Medical Board: FAQs Regarding Telemedicine during COVID-19

STATUS: Varies

Board …

Medical Board: FAQs Regarding Telemedicine during COVID-19

STATUS: Varies

Board of Nursing:  Telemedicine Medical Prescriptions

STATUS: Expired November 28, 2021. replaced by permanent rule.

Medical Board:  Treatment of Chronic Pain

STATUS: Permanent

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Utah

Last updated 06/21/2022

Vermont

Last updated 03/11/2022

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No Reference Found

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Virginia

Last updated 04/10/2022

Board of Medicine:  COVID-19 Announcements

STATUS:  Varies. Some expired with …

Board of Medicine:  COVID-19 Announcements

STATUS:  Varies. Some expired with State of Emergency expiration.

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Washington

Last updated 04/11/2022

Medicaid: COVID-19 and Opioid Treatment Programs FAQ

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: …

West Virginia

Last updated 04/12/2022

No reference found.

No reference found.

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Wisconsin

Last updated 03/26/2022

Medicaid: Changes to Narcotic Treatment Services

STATUS: Active, until further …

Medicaid: Changes to Narcotic Treatment Services

STATUS: Active, until further notice

 

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Wyoming

Last updated 07/14/2022

WY Medical Board: Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

STATUS: Active

WY Medical Board: Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

STATUS: Active

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