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 09/27/2021

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 09/23/2021

No reference found.

No reference found.

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Alaska

Last updated 07/28/2021

STATUS: Active

Business and Professional …

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

Professional Regulation: Opioid Treatment by APRNs During Emergencies Made Permanent

STATUS: Permanent

SB 241: In-Person Exam Requirement

STATUS: Enacted

State Medical Board: Emergency regulation allows the use of telemedicine to provide medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders

STATUS: Active, expires October 7, 2021 unless made permanent

State Nursing Board: Emergency regulation allows the use of telemedicine to provide medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders

STATUS: Active, expires September 7, 2021 unless made permanent

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Arizona

Last updated 09/15/2021

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

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Arkansas

Last updated 10/05/2021

Department of Human Services:  Telemedicine COVID-19 Response Manual

Status: Active, …

California

Last updated 08/28/2021

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

Medical Board of California: FAQ on Internet Prescribing

STATUS: Active

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Colorado

Last updated 08/16/2021

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

Division of Insurance:  FAQs on Telehealth Services

STATUS: Expired

 

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Connecticut

Last updated 06/28/2021

Office of Governor:  Executive Order Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active for …

Office of Governor:  Executive Order Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active for duration of the public health and civil preparedness emergency

HB 6001: Extends Telehealth emergency orders until March 15, 2021

STATUS: Enacted

Office of Governor: Extends HB 6001 and Telehealth emergency orders until April 20, 2021

STATUS: Expired

HB 5596: Extends Telehealth emergency orders until June 30, 2023

STATUS: Enacted

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Delaware

Last updated 07/09/2021

Medicaid:  Telehealth and COVID FAQs

STATUS: DE State of Emergency

Medicaid:  Telehealth and COVID FAQs

STATUS: DE State of Emergency to expire July 13, 2021. Unclear if this policy will be affected.

Medicaid: Changes to Telehealth Policy

STATUS: DE State of Emergency to expire July 13, 2021. Unclear if this policy will be affected.

Division of Professional Regulation:  Letter to Pharmacists RE Telehealth

STATUS: DE State of Emergency to expire July 13, 2021. Unclear if this policy will be affected.

Office of the Governor: Declaration of Public Health Emergency

STATUS: Expires July 13, 2021

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)

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District of Columbia

Last updated 08/25/2021

Health Regulation and Licensing Administration: Guidance on use of Telehealth

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

STATUS: Active

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

STATUS: Active

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Florida

Last updated 07/16/2021

Department of Health: Telehealth FAQs

STATUS: Active

Florida Board of …

Department of Health: Telehealth FAQs

STATUS: Active

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

STATUS: Active

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Georgia

Last updated 09/30/2021

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: Medication Assisted Treatment

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

STATUS: Active until end of GA State of Emergency, currently set to expire on Oct. 28, 2021.

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Hawaii

Last updated 09/28/2021

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

Idaho

Last updated 10/04/2021

HB 38: Allows prescribing via telehealth in compliance with federal …

HB 38: Allows prescribing via telehealth in compliance with federal law

STATUS: Enacted

HB 394: Extends effective dates including HB 38

STATUS: Enacted

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Illinois

Last updated 08/25/2021

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Indiana

Last updated 08/23/2021

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

Professional Licensing Agency: COVID-19 Actions

STATUS: Active

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Iowa

Last updated 10/11/2021

Office Of the Governor:  Emergency Proclamation on Disaster Emergency, signed on Oct. 15, 2021, 2021

STATUS: Active, Expires Nov. 14, 2021.

Office Of the Governor:  Emergency Proclamation on Disaster Emergency, signed on Sept. 17, 2021

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

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

STATUS: Expired

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Kansas

Last updated 08/30/2021

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 09/14/2021

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until end of …

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs on Telehealth

STATUS: Active, until end of federal PHE

SB 150: Provider-Patient Relationship

STATUS: Enacted

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Louisiana

Last updated 09/01/2021

Maryland

Last updated 08/31/2021

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

Board of Physicians: Telehealth COVID-19 FAQs

STATUS: Expired

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

STATUS: Expired

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 09/01/2021

Medicaid:  MassHealth Telehealth Policy

STATUS: Active, expires 90 days after …

Medicaid:  MassHealth Telehealth Policy

STATUS: Active, expires 90 days after the Massachusetts Public Health Emergency ends

Medicaid: MassHealth Coverage and Reimbursement Policy

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: COVID-19 FAQs for Behavioral Health Providers

STATUS: Active

Bureau of Substance Abuse Services: Alert on Telemedicine

STATUS: Expired

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

STATUS: Active

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Michigan

Last updated 09/02/2021

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 09/14/2021

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

HF 33 (2021 Session): Extends Certain COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers

STATUS: Enacted

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Mississippi

Last updated 08/09/2021

Medical Board: Temporary Rule on the Practice of Telemedicine

Status:  Effective 8/2/21, and remains in effect for no longer than 120 days.

Medical Board: Proclamation on Telehealth

STATUS: Expired based on Attestation Notice.

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

STATUS: Expired

Board of Optometry: Temporary Rule or Practice Standards

STATUS: Effective 6/30/2021 and remains in effect for up to 120 days.

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Missouri

Last updated 08/04/2021

Office of Governor: Executive Order (includes telehealth)

STATUS: Expired May …

Office of Governor: Executive Order (includes telehealth)

STATUS: Expired May 15, 2020 – Extended see below.

Department of Insurance: Services provided via telehealth – Extension

STATUS: Active, until August 31, 2021

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Montana

Last updated 09/08/2021

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

STATUS:  Expired, but extended by Temporary Emergency Rule 37-955. Temporary rule effective for 120 days after July 2, 2021.

Office of the Governor: Directive Implementing EO 2-2021

STATUS:  Expired, but extended by Temporary Emergency Rule 37-955. Temporary rule effective for 120 days after July 2, 2021.

HB 43: Patient-Provider Relationship

STATUS: Enacted

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Nebraska

Last updated 08/02/2021

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Nevada

Last updated 07/28/2021

Medicaid: Update to Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

Medicaid: Update to Telehealth Services

STATUS: Active

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New Hampshire

Last updated 07/26/2021

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New Jersey

Last updated 07/21/2021

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 state of emergency or public health emergency, whichever is later. PHE has ended, but state of emergency is still active.

Department of Consumer Affairs: Prescribing via Telemedicine for Veterinarians

STATUS: Expires Aug. 31, 2021

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 07/19/2021

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New York

Last updated 07/15/2021

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. Based on Waiver, believed to be still in effect.

Office of Mental Health: COVID-19 Disaster Emergency FAQ

STATUS: Active

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North Carolina

Last updated 07/13/2021

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 07/08/2021

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Ohio

Last updated 07/06/2021

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.

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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Oregon

Last updated 06/30/2021

Oregon Medical Board: COVID-19 Guidance

STATUS: Active. State of Emergency …

Oregon Medical Board: COVID-19 Guidance

STATUS: Active. State of Emergency ends June 28, 2021. Federal PHE still active.

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Pennsylvania

Last updated 10/18/2021

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 March 31, 2022

HB 642: Regulation of Telemedicine

STATUS: Pending

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Rhode Island

Last updated 06/25/2021

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South Carolina

Last updated 06/19/2021

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 09/10/2021

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Tennessee

Last updated 06/14/2021

Office of the Governor: Health Carriers Encouraged to Cover Telemedicine…

Office of the Governor: Health Carriers Encouraged to Cover Telemedicine

STATUS: Expired May 31, 2021

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Texas

Last updated 09/23/2021

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: Expires November 28, 2021

Medical Board:  Treatment of Chronic Pain

STATUS: Expires November 28, 2021

Medical Board:   Tele-prescribing Flexibilities

STATUS: Expires October 13, 2021

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Utah

Last updated 06/09/2021

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 06/02/2021

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Virginia

Last updated 09/20/2021

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 09/08/2021

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West Virginia

Last updated 09/13/2021

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Wisconsin

Last updated 09/06/2021

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 09/03/2021

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