The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct in-person public listening sessions to receive additional input concerning the practice of telemedicine with regards to controlled substances and potential safeguards that could effectively prevent and detect diversion of controlled substances prescribed via telemedicine. Specifically, the DEA is inviting anyone interested to comment at the listening sessions about allowing telemedicine prescribing of certain controlled substances without an in-person medical evaluation.
The listening sessions will be held from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 13, at DEA Headquarters, 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
Those wishing to attend the listening sessions in person or give an oral presentation at the listening sessions must complete and submit the appropriate attendance form available at DEA’s Diversion Control Division website no later than August 21.
The listening sessions will also be livestreamed online.
Read the Department of Justice/DEA’s full letter for more details.
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has announced a 3% increase to all Early Intervention service rates from the previously published 2022/23 fee schedule.
Through the 2022/23 budget, a permanent rate increase of 3 percent for Early Intervention Services was enacted. This rate is in addition to the 3% increase funded through ARPA-IDEA previously published rates for 2021/22 and 2022/23. The Fee Schedule includes the 3% rate increase.
The funding must be used to enhance, expand, or strengthen IDEA and HCBS services. In 2021/22, OCDEL used the combined federal funds (ARPA-IDEA Part C & HCBS FMAP increase) to support the rate increase announced for fiscal year 2021/22 across all rates for Infant/Toddler Early Intervention services.
The Fee Schedule also includes the new Place of Service code for Tele-Intervention for Early Intervention. When providing services to a child and family by Tele-Intervention, the provider must identify the Place of Service for Tele-Intervention on the billing claim in PROMISe. The Place of Service for Tele-Intervention for Early Intervention is 02. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the purposes of Medicaid, defines telemedicine as the use of two-way, real time interactive telecommunications technology that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment as a mode of delivering healthcare services.