As COVID-19 events continue to unfold, it has also resulted in a challenging and stressful time for healthcare practitioners. Therefore, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Federal government have announced unprecedented measures designed to expand access to telehealth services during this time.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Florida’s Surgeon General issued a rare Emergency Order to temporarily allow qualified physicians to use telemedicine only if they are re-certifying a patient who has an existing certification issued by the qualified physician.
For purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of
- Health care professionals, advanced life support professionals, and basic life support professionals holding a valid, unrestricted, and unencumbered license in any state, territory, and/or district may render such services in Florida during a period not to exceed thirty days.
- Allows certain Florida licensed physicians to use telehealth services instead of in-person examinations in limited circumstances to prescribe controlled substances for their patients.
- Temporarily allows qualified physicians to use telehealth to provide medical marijuana for certain patients.
- The Order is in effect for 30 days, unless the Surgeon General decides to extend the Order.
We continue to receive inquiries from healthcare practitioners requesting information regarding telehealth and other health law matters during this time of uncertainty. We are here for you!
If you have questions in the COVID-19 crisis or any health law matter, please call our office at (407) 331-6620.