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DEA, SAMHSA Extend COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescribing Controlled Medications for Six Months While Considering Comments from the Public

May 9, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of the expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued the “Temporary Extension of COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications” – a temporary rule that extends telemedicine flexibilities adopted during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

The temporary rule will take effect on May 11, 2023, and extends the full set of telemedicine flexibilities adopted during the COVID-19 public health emergency for six months – through November 11, 2023. For any practitioner-patient telemedicine relationships that have been or will be established up to November 11, 2023, the full set of telemedicine flexibilities regarding prescription of controlled medications established during the COVID-19 PHE will be extended for one year – through November 11, 2024.

“The DEA received a record 38,000 comments on its proposed telemedicine rules. We take those comments seriously and are considering them carefully,” said Administrator Milgram. “We recognize the importance of telemedicine in providing Americans with access to needed medications, and we have decided to extend the current flexibilities for six months while we work to find a way forward to give Americans that access with appropriate safeguards.”

“Access to evidence-based treatment is a pillar of the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “We strongly support policies that promote access to effective and safe treatment for opioid use disorder, including through telemedicine platforms, and ensuring continued access to necessary controlled medications past the COVID-PHE.”

The full text of the temporary rule may be found here.


On March 1, 2023, DEA, in concert with HHS, issued notices of proposed rulemakings (NPRM) to allow for prescribing of certain controlled medications via telemedicine without an in-person medical evaluation of the patient under circumstances that are consistent with public health, safety, and effective controls against diversion. The NPRMs received over 38,000 comments from the public and DEA, in collaboration with SAMHSA, is actively reviewing input in order to develop a permanent rule.


Call to Action: Support Federal Level Workplace Violence Prevention Efforts

May 9, 2023

In previous years, you have taken the time to advocate for yourself and other nurses by urging Congress to address workplace violence. Recently, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act was introduced in the House and Senate. Can we count on you again to advocate for nurses and email Congress?

Send your letter here>>>

As you know, workplace violence against nurses is unacceptably high. In fact, one in four nurses has been assaulted at work -- making them more likely to be exposed to violence than either prison guards or police officers. 

This bill will address workplace violence by ensuring that health care providers will be ready and able to protect themselves, their coworkers, and their patients should the need arise. This legislation also requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop standards requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to protect employees from violent incidents in the workplace.

Urge your elected officials to cosponsor this vital legislation to support and protect  nurses!

Thank you for your advocacy!


 New Nurse Manager Basics Workshop May 18 & 19

May 8, 2023

Don’t miss out on your next opportunity to take advantage of the New Nurse Manager Basics Workshop —giving nurse managers the guidance they deserve. This virtual two-day event prepares you for today’s complex challenges. Connect with nursing experts and learn key competencies to handle health care’s most difficult issues. For more information and to register, click here.



Pulse on the Nation's Nurses' Survey - Mental Health & Burnout

May 8, 2023

As a nurse, how is the current environment in nursing affecting you – your mental health, your professional and personal life decisions, and your day-to-day work? Your voice matters. Please take our brief survey to help us help you. The survey results will help us design programs and educational offerings, lobby government officials, and educate the public on the unseen challenges nurses confront daily. Take the survey now.


Introduction to Test Writing : ANCC Measurement Services

May 8, 2023

Introduction to Test Writing : ANCC Measurement ServicesANCC’s Measurement Services is pleased to offer Introduction to Test Writing Webinars that are designed to help nurse educators hone and refresh their skills in item development. Our next workshop will be held on Friday, May 12th. Registration information can be found here.For more information regarding our webinars and our longer workshops please email [email protected].

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