A telehealth prescription is something that is becoming more and more common these days. They are completely legitimate and are honored the same as they would be if you met with a doctor face to face. However, in order to write them you have to make sure that your business is up to code and compliant with every law and regulation there is. The fact is that this is an industry that is going to be heavily scrutinized over the next several years because it’s new, even though it’s been around for years, and it needs to be regulated to ensure quality care is still being given.
This is a big reason why you want to consult with an attorney who can make sure that your business is protected and doing everything by the book. The advantage to online services is that it lowers operating costs and you can see more patients. The disadvantage is that you can lose more business because of a poor online reputation. That means you need to take time to make sure that everything is done correctly and the best way to do that is by meeting with your legal team who will go over every piece of paperwork, every license and anything you may have overlooked to ensure that you are ready to roll.
Healthcare providers who have taken advantage of the opportunity to expand their practice using telehealth or telemedicine must be aware that currently they cannot write a telehealth prescription for any controlled substances in any of the schedules in Florida based a telehealth or telemedicine visit. The exception to this is for mental health and inpatients in a hospital setting. However, based on recent activity in the Florida legislature it is very likely that providers will see a change where they will be able to write a telehealth prescription for a telehealth or telemedicine visit. It’s important to note that pain medications will still excluded even with this legislative update.
Common controlled substances that patients may want a telehealth prescription for include testosterone due to the popularity of hormone replacement therapies and various wellness protocols now widespread in the health care industry.
Providers should keep in mind that best practices for prescribing of course still apply for providers expanding to a telehealth prescription. Protecting a prescription pad, tracking prescription orders via electronic means or otherwise are common best practices. Additionally, providers will still need to follow all of Florida’s requirements for a telehealth transaction even as regulations continue to expand and ultimately loosen. Providers will need to comply with licensure requirements based on the location of the patient. For instance, if a Florida provider writes a prescription for a patient in Georgia, that provider will still need to have a licensure in Georgia and comply with Georgia’s laws for a telehealth transaction in order to be fully compliant.
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