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ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

January 14, 2019 - The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the ATA called for changes to the Ryan Haight Act that would allow specially certified healthcare providers to prescribe...


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Farm Bill Includes Telemedicine Funding for Opioid Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

A massive farm bill quietly approved by Congress this week includes provisions to increase funding and resources for telemedicine programs and broadband expansion in rural areas. The legislation addresses two hot-button issues for...

FDA Approves mHealth Platform for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth platform specifically designed to help healthcare providers treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The US Food and Drug Administration’s this week granted clearance for reSET-O, an...

mHealth Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Available to Providers

by Eric Wicklund

The first mHealth platform to receive federal approval for the treatment of people with substance abuse issues is now available to providers as a prescription-based digital therapeutic. The reSET mHealth app, developed by Pear...

USC, Northwestern to Study Antibiotic Prescribing Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at two universities are launching a five-year study to determine whether telemedicine can help healthcare providers improve their medication management habits. Funded by a grant from the Health and Human Services...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

by Eric Wicklund

The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

DLT Grants Target Telehealth Programs From Maine to the Marianas

by Eric Wicklund

Dozens of healthcare providers in 40 states and three US territories will be receiving federal funding to launch or expand telemedicine and telehealth programs. US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced $39.6 million...

Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and Telemedicine programs that assist healthcare providers in treating people with substance abuse issues will be getting a significant upgrade, thanks to a massive bill passed by Congress and headed to President Donald...

Telehealth Provider Joins Global Effort to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is joining a global effort to reduce antibiotic resistance. California-based Doctor On Demand is pledging to reduce antibiotic prescription rates for acute upper respiratory...

HHS Grants to Help Native Americans Expand Telehealth Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are earmarking more than $50 million to expand telehealth programs and other healthcare service to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes address opioid abuse. The funding, through the Health and Human Services...

HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

New Bill Takes Aim at Originating Site Restrictions for Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Even as new legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic snakes its way through Capitol Hill, members of Congress are introducing new bills designed to make telehealth and telemedicine a pivotal tool for Medicaid-based...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling

by Eric Wicklund

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse certain healthcare providers who use telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. AB 2861 mandates that...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

New Connecticut Law Enables Providers to Prescribe Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Connecticut will soon be able to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Gov. Daniel Malloy’s signature on S.B. 302 reverses the state’s...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements

by Eric Wicklund

The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Opioid Withdrawal Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable that fits around the ear and is designed to help people going through opioid withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) premarket approval of the Drug Relief aural...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents...

FDA Challenge Eyes Digital Health Technology to Combat Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials and healthcare organizations are ramping up efforts to use mHealth and telehealth to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week launched an effort to bring connected...

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