Initial Prescription for Buprenorphine (New Patient) can be Prescribed after Telephone Visit
SAMHSA has just updated guidance clarifying that they will permit DATA2000 waivered prescribers to evaluate patients by telephone (as well as telehealth) prior to the first prescription. This will be a big help, as many patients do not have sufficient data on their cell phones to manage live video (and few public wifi locations are available now).
FAQs for OUD prescribing and dispensing covers scenarios in NTPs and community settings.
Please forward this broadly.
Kelly Pfeifer, M.D.
Deputy Director, Behavioral Health
California Department of Health Care Services
1501 Capitol Avenue, MS 4000
Sacramento, CA 95899-7413