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Five Opportunities to Use the Law to Address Persistent OUD Treatment Gaps 

Bill of Health

health care system, but that are especially present for behavioral health needs like substance use, and are exacerbated by other challenges related to stigma, lack of employment, and fragmented or nonexistent care coordination. This reality reflects structural, policy, and legal misalignments common to the entire U.S.

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DEA Extends COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescribing Controlled Medications for 6 Months

HIT Consultant

Background On March 1, 2023, DEA, in concert with HHS, issued notices of proposed rulemakings (NPRM) to allow for prescribing of certain controlled medications via telemedicine without an in-person medical evaluation of the patient under circumstances that are consistent with public health, safety, and effective controls against diversion.


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Prior Authorization Insurance Requirements: A Barrier to Accessing Lifesaving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder?

Bill of Health

For example, prescribers of buprenorphine must obtain a waiver from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) prior to writing prescriptions to treat OUD, and those practitioners who wish to treat more than 30 patients are mandated to undertake training. appeared first on Bill of Health.

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Tele-Prescribing Flexibilities Extended Again in Second Temporary Rule

Healthcare Law Blog

Some concerns and reasons noted by the DEA for extending the telemedicine flexibilities include: Reductions in access to care for patients who may not have an established practitioner-patient relationship; Practitioner backlogs for providing in-person medical evaluations; and Urgent public health needs for certain controlled medications.

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DEA officially extends remote EPCS flexibilities for 6 months

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Department of Health and Human Services said it would temporarily extend telemedicine flexibilities for the prescription of certain controlled medications granted under the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which is set to expire on May 11.

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Five Public Health Needs for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health technology has seen an incredible growth in the last few years, fueled by a combination of consumerization of wearable technologies, ubiquity of mobile devices, proliferation of technology incubators, attention by government health and regulatory agencies and involvement of large companies heretofore not focused on healthcare.

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HHS is prioritizing consumer experience, data exchange, explainable AI

Healthcare It News

"We serve the same families in our Administration for Children and Families that we serve with Medicare and Medicaid, that we serve in our Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration," said Palm. "We're all the same people who need CDC when we need them, etc.