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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) urging the agency to advance its proposed rules on the Special Registration for Telemedicine under the Ryan Haight Act.

The Ryan Haight Act, passed in 2008, aims to prevent the abuse and misuse of controlled substances, including prescription drugs, through the Internet. The act requires that practitioners obtain a special registration from the DEA to prescribe controlled substances to patients over the Internet.

Telemedicine has seen significant growth in recent years, with more and more doctors and hospitals offering virtual consultations to patients. However, the Ryan Haight Act restrictions have hindered further development in the field. The AHA’s letter to the DEA highlights the need for updated regulations that support the use of telemedicine and allow doctors to provide the best possible care to their patients.

The AHA believes that the proposed Special Registration for Telemedicine, which would allow doctors to prescribe controlled substances remotely, is crucial in advancing telemedicine and improving patient access to care. In their letter, the AHA stated that “the Special Registration for Telemedicine would allow patients to receive care from the comfort of their own home, reducing the need for unnecessary in-person visits and improving access to care in underserved areas.”

The DEA has yet to respond to the AHA’s letter, but the agency has indicated that it is working on finalizing the proposed rules for the Special Registration for Telemedicine.

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