On May 11th, 2023 the "relaxed" regulations for prescribing controlled medications through virtual visits will be ending. The Public State of Emergency (PSE) is set to expire May, 11 this year which means that if you have not been by your prescribing provider in person at least once, we need to schedule that visit. After May 11, pharmacies will not fill controlled substances unless the in person requirement is met.
We recognize that asking patients to come in to the office may create scheduling conflicts for both the patients and staff, so we ask that you work with us to help ensure you are able to continue your medication(s) if applicable. Please contact our office, or go to our portal and request an IN PERSON visit or if you have an appointment already, please indicate CHANGE TO IN PERSON.
Remember, you will need to be seen at least once in person if you have not been seen in person already by the PRESCRIBING provider (if you have seen a counselor in person but not your medication management provider, you will still need to be seen by the medication management provider).
Controlled substances are medications that can cause physical and mental dependence. There are restrictions on how they can be filled and refilled. Controlled substances are regulated and classified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Regulations are based on how likely they are for abuse and to cause dependence.
Some examples of controlled substances include:
Additionally, some medications aren’t considered controlled substances by the DEA. But they’re categorized that way in certain states. Examples include gabapentin (Neurontin) and pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 was created to regulate online internet prescriptions, is enforced by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and also imposes rules around the prescription of controlled substances through telepsychiatry.
Additional in-person evaluations, beyond the minimum required by relevant facility, state, and federal policy, is up to clinical discretion. For example, if the practitioner is unable to obtain the data they need for clinical decision-making through telehealth, the practitioner may recommend that a patient be seen in-person.
Please bring your drivers license, insurance card and make sure any balances are up do date if you are returning patient. Please also make sure any screeners are complete prior to your visit in order to make check in process as quick as possible. Also if you would like to expedite the check out the process, please enter and save your credit card in portal.
Barnabas Behavioral Healthcare, LLC
409 Evelyn Drive, Columbia South Carolina 29210
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