Trump’s announcement this week to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse may prove to reduce regulatory restrictions for telehealth. Once a national emergency is formally enacted by the President and his administration, which has not yet occurred, there will be new authority for the president and additional resources available to support addictions treatment. With this, it is possible the president might use this new authority to override some existing legislation restricting providers from prescribing and treating addictions via telehealth to more effectively reach those in need of treatment.
For more information on this topic, read Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use? published by mHealth Intelligence on August 11, 2017.