Congress has made another effort to call upon the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to activate a special registration that would grant physicians and nurse practitioners to write prescriptions for controlled substances by means of telemedicine without having an in person physical examination. This white paper reviews the reason behind the Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018 and what it accomplishes; as well as the problems with the proposed bill.
Nathaniel (Nate) Lacktman is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is the chair of the firm’s Telemedicine Industry Team and co-chair of the firm’s Digital Health Work Group. He advises health care providers and technology companies on business arrangements, compliance, and corporate matters, with particular attention to telehealth, digital health, and health innovation. His approach to practicing law emphasizes strategic counseling, creative business modeling, and fresh approaches to realize clients' ambitious and innovative goals.
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