January 18, 2023
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  • Providers warn that the anticipated end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) will cause a “disruptive” and “abrupt return” to the old way of dispensing controlled substances. The PHE allowed physicians to prescribe controlled substances remotely. After the PHE ends, patients will be required to have an in-person medical evaluation for such prescriptions, including popular ones used to treat behavioral health conditions. Yesterday, Republican Representative Brett Guthrie launched an effort to officially declare an end to the PHE. The measure could set up a symbolic vote similar to the one the Senate took last year that President Joe Biden would likely veto. (Articles here and here)