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State by State Telepharmacy Regulation Analysis Whitepaper

Published Thursday, April 9, 2020
INTRODUCTION Telepharmacy, defined as “the delivery of pharmaceutical care via telecommunications to patients at a distance,” has been practiced in the United States since 2001. To date, 24 states have implemented regulations permitting the practice of telepharmacy in order to expand pharmacy services to underserved areas. Telepharmacy is more»

Telehealth Helping to Examine Rural Patients for Virus

Published Friday, March 27, 2020
BLOOMINGTON - The Indiana Rural Schools Clinic Network is helping patients in smaller communities connect with physicians while still practicing social distancing. The organization is working with healthcare providers in several rural counties to utilize telehealth technology that had been previously installed in schools. The network has been the more»

Telepharmacy’s Role in Emergency Response

Published Tuesday, March 24, 2020

This pandemic is not the only emergency situation that telepharmacy can help address. There are emergency situations popping up all the time across the country, from natural disasters to everyday health crises, and in each, telepharmacy can play a big role in serving patients regardless of geography.


What Will Happen With Telehealth When the Emergency is Over?

Published Monday, March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020 - As healthcare providers embrace new telehealth and mHealth services to address the Coronavirus pandemic, they should remember one thing: Capture and store all the data. Federal and state agencies are revising guidelines and reducing barriers to connected health at a dizzying pace, giving providers the opportunity to try things more» Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Published Thursday, March 19, 2020
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting an update to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CMS is taking this action to continue its efforts to more»

Telehealth Coverage Policies In The Time Of COVID-19 To Date

Published Thursday, March 19, 2020

CCHP's updated COVID-19 Fact Sheet with new state actions can now be found on CCHP's newly formed COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Policies and State Actions Web pages. 


DEA Okays Telehealth to Prescribe Opioids Amid COVID-19 Emergency

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Telemedicine has found yet another key purpose during the coronavirus public health emergency: the prescribing of controlled substances, such as opioids.

Per new clarification from the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), healthcare professionals can now prescribe a controlled substance to a patient using telehealth technology.

This announcement comes in the wake of the public health emergency declared by HHS Secretary Alex Azar on January 31, 2020.