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.
Once the Public Health Emergency expires, an in-person appointment will be needed prior to the issuance of a clinically appropriate, controlled substance via telemedicine. We recommend booking this appointment now in order to avoid a potential disruption of care.
The DEA has issued an extension until November 11, 2024. Many pharmacies are not aware of the extension and have been turning away telemedicine patients with valid prescriptions. You only need to see us once in person one of our clinics . If we don't have a clinic near you, please check back regularly as we are opening new locations monthly.
We recommend you book an in-person appointment as soon as possible with your Circle Medical Primary Care Provider (PCP) to avoid a potential interruption in care.
For the prescription of clinically appropriate controlled substances, pharmacists should continue filling legitimate prescriptions issued after a telehealth encounter in the same way they would following an in-person visit through November 11, 2024. Guidance or rules following November 11, 2024, are pending.
After being evaluated once in person, you will be eligible to continue to receive your clinically appropriate controlled prescription via telemedicine as long as:
You continue to schedule and attend your monthly, follow-up video appointments and
You adhere to the controlled substance agreement (you previously signed) and
It remains medically necessary and you are seeing the same provider.
Just as is the case today, your provider has the discretion to exercise their clinical judgment and request that you be evaluated in person at any time throughout the course of your care.
No. If you were already seen in person by your Circle Medical PCP prior to May 11, 2023 you do not need to be seen again as you are already compliant with the legal requirement. However, your PCP is able to request to see you in person should they deem it medically necessary at any time throughout your treatment.
During this in-person appointment, the provider will conduct an 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 are expected to continue your monthly follow up appointments over video via telemedicine with 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 out-of-pocket.
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 is limited. Any clinically appropriate prescriptions issued during your in-person appointment will be post-dated to reflect your next fill 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. Recently, we penned a 24 page letter to the DEA in response to their proposal for changes to laws that dictate the in person requirement. You may read the letter here.
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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