The Ryan Haight Act requires that patients receiving prescriptions for controlled substances via telemedicine first be evaluated in person by their medical provider. Through the Public Health Emergency declared during the pandemic, an exemption allows for controlled prescriptions to be issued without an in person appointment. We anticipate that the Public Health Emergency will end and that patients will need to be seen in person before they can continue to receive these prescriptions via telemedicine.
The Public Health Emergency will officially end on May 11th, 2023. Once the Public Health Emergency expires, an in-person appointment will be needed prior to the issuance of controlled substances via telemedicine. We recommend booking this appointment now in order to avoid a potential disruption of care.
We recommend you book an in-person appointment as soon as possible to avoid a potential interruption in care, should there be an influx of demand when the regulations change.
After being evaluated once in person, you will be eligible to continue to receive your controlled prescription via telemedicine as long as it remains clinically appropriate and you are seeing the same provider. Just as is the case today, your provider has the discretion on a case by case basis to exercise their clinical judgment and request that you be evaluated in person.
During this in-person appointment, the provider will conduct a brief physical exam, order labs if necessary and answer any questions you may have about your treatment plan. Once this in-person requirement has been met, you may conduct follow up appointments and receive prescriptions via telemedicine from the same provider.
The cost of the in-person appointment is the same as what you would pay for an ADHD video appointment, which is the copay determined by your insurance company or $100 if paying cash.
Circle Medical is working on expanding its network of physical locations in order to meet the needs of our patients. We will notify you when a location is available in your area.
We suggest booking your in-person appointment as soon as possible as availability will be limited. The prescription you receive during your in-person appointment will be post-dated to reflect your next refill date.
Circle Medical firmly believes that primary care providers should be allowed to practice within the full scope of their license and not be unduly restricted from treating patients over telemedicine where clinically appropriate. Telemedicine has proved a very effective means of providing safe, high quality care to patients who previously had difficulty accessing it.
We will continue to advocate for regulatory reform via our membership in the American Telemedicine Association and ATA Action, and by engaging with regulators and lawmakers.
While we strongly believe regulatory reform is necessary, we will nonetheless be prepared to comply with existing regulations so as to avoid a disruption in care for our patients.
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