Q&A - Telemedicine: Getting Started, Regulations and Privacy Issues

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Question and Answer meeting for those that joined or viewed the Telemedicine: Getting Started, Regulations and Privacy Issues webinar.

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 enacted by Congress on March 6, 2020.  As a result, this would allow broader use of and payment for telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries during the emergency period as defined under the legislation.  Also due to the COVID-19 national public health emergency, as of March 16, 2020, and continuing for as long as the designation of a public health emergency remains, DEA-registered practitioners may issues prescriptions for schedule II-V controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation providing certain other conditions are met.  Furthermore, restrictions on where telemedicine may be practiced have been suspended.  These recent emergency changes in telemedicine regulations open new opportunities in the assessment and treatment of opioid use disorder during these turbulent times.  

This webinar, hosted by the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine through a Opioid Response Network STR-TA grant, will discuss changes in regulations, present ways to incorporate telemedicine into your current practice of treating OUD in the time of social distancing and stay at home orders, and discuss how to get reimbursed for this service. 

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 6H79TI080816 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Recorded 3/27/2020

Julie Kmiec, DO (Moderator)

AOAAM President

Julie Kmiec, DO, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.  She completed her general psychiatry residency training and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh, PA.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  She is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry.  Dr. Kmiec is the Medical Director of the Ambulatory Detoxification Program, Bridge Clinic, and is the founding medical director of the Narcotic Addiction Treatment Program’s Buprenorphine Clinic at WPIC.  Her clinical interests include treatment of drug and alcohol withdrawal, prevention of overdose, and pharmacotherapy for the treatment of addictions.  Dr. Kmiec’s research involves training healthcare professionals on the implementation of medications for opioid use disorder.  She is the President of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.

William Morrone, DO, MS, MPH, DABAM, FACOFP, DAAPM

Medical Director at Recovery Pathways, principal investigator in a naloxone distribution for Mid-Michigan, Medical Director of 35th Circuit Shiawassee County Drug Court

Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Michigan State University for 18 years and was Asst. Program Director of Family Medicine at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and liaison in the Department of Psychiatry. He has presented or published in:

Journal of Addictive Diseases (2015 and 2016), American Journal of Addiction (2013), Substance Abuse (2013), BridgeMI.com 2016-2018 (journalism co-op for setting policy), FoxNews.com (editorial) and CNN.com (news), Weekly medical columns in the Gladwin Record and Courier.

MLive.com, NPR, Arizona Public Radio, American Public Radio and Michigan Public Radio, Adolescent Addiction from the Conrad Hilton Foundation, CORE REMS as a charter master faculty PCSS monthly training sponsored by SAMHSA/CSAT for 9 yr, MOA/MAOFP news letters; AOA publications & advocacy to recognize addiction medicine

Dr. Morrone has published a naloxone book for families.  AMERICAN NARCAN (2017)  www.AmericanNarcan.com

He is triple board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners and the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Morrone was a Ruth Fox faculty for the 42nd ASAM 2011 Medical-Scientific Conference Washington DC and is an active addiction educator and social advocate in pain management.

Nationally and locally he has contributed numerous didactic pieces on opiates, cannabis dependence, primary care, NAS, state based medical marijuana, non-narcotic pain management to providers in recovery; to the state medical and national societies in this area. He is Deputy Medical Director to the Bay County Health Department and principal investigator on Bay County Heroin Task Force.

He also holds a graduate degree in toxicology and pharmacology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, graduate school of pharmacy. He also completed an MPH in Baltimore, MD.

Most notable to pop culture cable TV news viewers is that he has been on Dr. Drew-HLN, CNN News Room, Nancy Grace-CNN Headline News, Court TV, CNN, Studio “B” FOXNews Channel and MSNBC giving medical opinions on drug addiction or death and the 6 stages of decomposition.  For international overdose awareness day (IOAD) he appeared on 23 TV stations in one day.

Public service is no stranger to Dr. Morrone as he is a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, a Diplomat of American College of Forensic Examiners and has been a volunteer firefighter. Dr. Morrone is an aggressive advocate for substance abuse treatment and overdose prevention at the FDA, HHS, SAMHSA and congress.  He also trained at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Maryland.

Spent 10 years as Medical Director at Hospice of Michigan, leaving hospice to do addiction full time. Dr. Morrone is a graduate of MSU, served his internship in internal medicine in Lansing at Ingham Regional Medical Center and his residency in family medicine at the Michigan State University statewide campus site at Bay Regional Medical Center. http://wwwAmericanNarcan.com.

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