Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use?


Lisa Schmitz Mazur said that federal officials should be giving doctors more authority to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances, particularly in view of President Trump’s intent to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse. Although some states allow such telemedicine use, Ms. Mazur said federal law is “creating an environment where healthcare providers are not wanting to [prescribe] at all. It has become too complicated.”