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Telehealth and Prescribing Controlled Substances

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and escalating pandemic, in January 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) declared a federal public health emergency (PHE) that is still in effect today. The PHE declaration resulted in numerous waivers of federal laws and regulations impacting the practice of medicine, including telehealth, HIPAA, scope of practice, and Stark laws. The PHE also provides healthcare providers with COVID-related liability protections under the PREP Act. Simultaneously, many individual state medical boards instituted waivers around licensure requirements for out-of-state physicians when providing telehealth services during COVID; these waivers were generally tied to...

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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health: Abortion Laws and How Physicians Can Protect Themselves

The recent decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health by the U.S. Supreme Court has pushed the issue of reproductive health back to state legislators. As each state grapples with how it will deal with this issue, it has created tremendous uncertainty for the physicians who serve those communities. Physicians are caught in an impossible situation of trying to care for their patients while operating within the law – with boundaries that are less clear and well-defined as they have been for the past 50 years. As we have for the past 47 years, MIEC will continue to stand with...

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Techniques for a Successful Telemedicine Visit

As the use of telehealth has continued to explode in the U.S., physicians are increasingly learning how to navigate a new way of interacting with patients and delivering medical care using real-time videoconferencing.  With experience comes an appreciation of the benefits, and the problems, associated with practicing medicine through a remote connection.  Distractions are a major problem during telemedicine visits, both for patients and physicians.  A recent study of over 1,000 individuals revealed that 73% of men and 39% of women report multitasking during telehealth visits.  Some of the distractions included:  Surfing online/emailing/texting (24.5%)  Watching TV (24%)  Eating (21%) Playing a video game (19%)  Smoking (11%)  Driving (10%)  Drinking alcohol (9.4%) While...

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