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 02/28/2021

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 02/28/2021

Medical Board: Telemedicine/Telehealth Guidelines

STATUS: Active

Medical Board: Telemedicine during

Medical Board: Telemedicine/Telehealth Guidelines

STATUS: Active

Medical Board: Telemedicine during state of emergency

STATUS: Expired April 13, 2021

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Alaska

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid: Telehealth Coverage COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Active

Business and Professional …

Medicaid: Telehealth Coverage COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Active

Business and Professional Licensing: Telehealth and Licensing During COVID-19

STATUS: Active, until national PHE ends

Professional Regulation: State Emergency Regulations made permanent

STATUS: Permanent

SB 241: In-Person Exam Requirement

STATUS: Enacted

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Arizona

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid:  Telehealth Delivery and Billing FAQs

STATUS: Active, until end …

Medicaid:  Telehealth Delivery and Billing FAQs

STATUS: Active, until end of COVID-19 emergency declaration

SB 1682: Updating Provider Tele-Prescribing Criteria

STATUS: Pending

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Arkansas

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid: Telemedicine Requirements for Physicians

STATUS: Active, until end of …

Medicaid: Telemedicine Requirements for Physicians

STATUS: Active, until end of Governor’s Executive Order (EO)

Medicaid:  Telemedicine Requirements for Nurse Practitioners

STATUS: Active, until end of Governor’s EO

Medical Board: Telemedicine & Controlled Prescribing and Relationship

STATUS: Active, during 6-month period during COVID health crisis

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California

Last updated 02/28/2021

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

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Colorado

Last updated 02/28/2021

Division of Insurance:  FAQs on Telehealth Services

STATUS: Expired

Division of Insurance:  FAQs on Telehealth Services

STATUS: Expired

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Connecticut

Last updated 02/28/2021

Delaware

Last updated 02/28/2021

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: Active

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District of Columbia

Last updated 02/28/2021

Health Regulation and Licensing Administration: Guidance on use of Telehealth

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

STATUS: Active

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Florida

Last updated 02/28/2021

Department of Health: Telehealth FAQs

STATUS: Active

Department of Health: Telehealth FAQs

STATUS: Active

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Georgia

Last updated 02/28/2021

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: Medication Assisted Treatment

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

STATUS: Active, during GA State of Emergency

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Hawaii

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office of Governor:  Executive Order (includes telehealth updated orders)

STATUS: Active, expires Feb. 14, 2021

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Idaho

Last updated 02/28/2021

Board of Medicine: COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Active

Board of Medicine: COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Active

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Illinois

Last updated 02/28/2021

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No Reference Found

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Indiana

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid:  Telemedicine FAQs

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE

Medicaid:  …

Medicaid:  Telemedicine FAQs

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE

Medicaid:  COVID-19 Telemedicine Billing Guidance

STATUS: Active, until end of IN PHE

Office of the Governor: Executive Order on Medicaid Telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE

Medical Licensing Board:  COVID-19 Actions

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE

Professional Licensing Agency: COVID-19 Actions

STATUS: Active

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Iowa

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office Of the Governor:  Emergency Proclamation on Telehealth/Telemedicine

STATUS: Expired…

Office Of the Governor:  Emergency Proclamation on Telehealth/Telemedicine

STATUS: Expired

Office OF the Governor:  Emergency Proclamation on Telehealth/Telemedicine

STATUS: Expired

Office of the Governor: Emergency Proclamation on Provision of Telehealth Services

STATUS: Expired

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Kansas

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office of Governor: Executive Order on Professionals Utilizing Telemedicine

STATUS: Expired

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

STATUS: Active, license expires in 90 days if not renewed or 30 days after KS State of Emergency ends

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Kentucky

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until end of …

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until end of federal PHE

Medical Board: Advisory on Prescribing during Emergency Declaration

STATUS: Active

SB 150: Provider-Patient Relationship

STATUS: Enacted

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Louisiana

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid: Informational Bulletin on COVID-19 Policy (includes telemedicine)

STATUS: Active, during COVID-19 emergency

Department of Health: Opioid Treatment Providers

STATUS: Active

Medical Board: Telehealth Guidance During COVID-19

STATUS: Active

Medical Board: Plain Language Guidance Regarding Board Changes During the COVID-19 Crisis

STATUS: Active

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Maryland

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid: FAQs for Opioid Treatment Program and Buprenorphine Providers

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE.

Medicaid: Behavioral Health COVID FAQs

STATUS: Varies

Department of Health: FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active

Board of Physicians: Telehealth COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Varies

Office of Governor: Executive Order on Telehealth and Audio-Only Services

STATUS:

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Massachusetts

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid:  MassHealth Telehealth Policy

STATUS: Active, expires March 31, 2021…

Medicaid:  MassHealth Telehealth Policy

STATUS: Active, expires March 31, 2021

Medicaid: MassHealth Coverage and Reimbursement Policy

STATUS: Active, expires March 31, 2021

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs for Behavioral Health Providers

STATUS: Active

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services: Alert on Telemedicine

STATUS: Active

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

STATUS: Active

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Michigan

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office of the Governor:  Executive Order on Telehealth

STATUS: Rescinded…

Office of the Governor:  Executive Order on Telehealth

STATUS: Rescinded

Office of Governor: Executive order Encouraging Telehealth Services

STATUS: Rescinded

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Minnesota

Last updated 02/28/2021

SF 3560: Examination requirement via telemedicine

STATUS: Bill was passed …

SF 3560: Examination requirement via telemedicine

STATUS: Bill was passed as amended

SF 13:  Prescribing

STATUS: Enacted

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Mississippi

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medical Board: Proclamation on Telehealth

STATUS: Expired

Medical Board:  Amended

Medical Board: Proclamation on Telehealth

STATUS: Expired

Medical Board:  Amended Proclamation on Telehealth (Superseded by Proclamation above)

STATUS: Expired

SB 2415: Prescribing

STATUS: Died in Committee

HB 98:Prescribing

STATUS: Died in Committee

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Missouri

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office of Governor: Executive Order (includes telehealth)

STATUS: Expired May …

Office of Governor: Executive Order (includes telehealth)

STATUS: Expired May 15, 2020

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Montana

Last updated 04/30/2021

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

STATUS: Active, until rescinded

Department of Labor and Industry:  COVID-19 Information for Professional and Occupational Licensees

STATUS: Active

Office of the Governor: Directive Implementing EO 2-2021

STATUS: Active, until the last day of the public health emergency

HB 43: Patient-Provider Relationship

STATUS: Enacted

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Nebraska

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Nevada

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid: Update to Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Update to Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

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New Hampshire

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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New Jersey

Last updated 02/28/2021

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 emergency

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New Mexico

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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New York

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office of Mental Health:  Telemental Health and Program Guidance

STATUS: …

Office of Mental Health:  Telemental Health and Program Guidance

STATUS: Active, until end of NY disaster emergency

Office of Mental Health: COVID-19 Disaster Emergency FAQ

STATUS: Active

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North Carolina

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medical Board: Use of Telemedicine Amid COVID-19

STATUS: Active, until …

Medical Board: Use of Telemedicine Amid COVID-19

STATUS: Active, until end of national state of emergency

Medical Board: Telemedicine FAQs

STATUS: Active

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North Dakota

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Ohio

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medical Board:  Telemedicine Guidance

STATUS: Active, until the end of …

Medical Board:  Telemedicine Guidance

STATUS: Active, until the end of COVID-19 emergency

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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Oregon

Last updated 02/28/2021

Oregon Medical Board: COVID-19 Guidance

STATUS: Active

Oregon Medical Board: COVID-19 Guidance

STATUS: Active

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Pennsylvania

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medicaid:  Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations

STATUS: Active, until end …

Medicaid:  Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations

STATUS: Active, until end of PA State of Emergency

Department of State:  Buprenorphine treatment via telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until end of disaster declaration

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Rhode Island

Last updated 02/28/2021

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No Reference Found

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South Carolina

Last updated 02/28/2021

Medical Board: Emergency Order on Prescribing via Telemedicine

STATUS: Active, …

Medical Board: Emergency Order on Prescribing via Telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE in South Carolina or DEA’s withdrawal of guidance

Medical Board: Emergency Order on Medication-Assisted Treatment via telemedicine

STATUS: Active, until end of PHE in South Carolina or DEA’s withdrawal of guidance

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South Dakota

Last updated 04/30/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Tennessee

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Texas

Last updated 02/28/2021

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 January 2, 2021

Medical Board:  Treatment of Chronic Pain

STATUS: Expired January 2, 2021

Board of Nursing: Emergency Rule for Tele-prescribing Flexibilities

STATUS: Expired March 3, 2021

Medical Board: Tele-prescribing Flexibilities

STATUS: Expired March 2, 2021

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Utah

Last updated 02/28/2021

Office of the Governor:  Executive Order on Telehealth Services

STATUS: …

Office of the Governor:  Executive Order on Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active, until UT state of emergency ends

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Vermont

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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Virginia

Last updated 02/28/2021

Board of Medicine:  COVID-19 Announcements

STATUS: Active, for duration of …

Board of Medicine:  COVID-19 Announcements

STATUS: Active, for duration of state of emergency

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Washington

Last updated 02/28/2021

No Reference Found

No Reference Found

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West Virginia

Last updated 02/28/2021

Board of Medicine:  Audio-only Telemedicine Technologies

STATUS: Active, until WV …

Board of Medicine:  Audio-only Telemedicine Technologies

STATUS: Active, until WV state of emergency ends

HB 2016: Waiving Standards of Care for Patient-Provider relationship

STATUS: Pending

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Wisconsin

Last updated 02/28/2021

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 02/28/2021

Board of Medicine: Public Health Emergency FAQs

STATUS: Active

Board of Medicine: Public Health Emergency FAQs

STATUS: Active

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