Dear WISAM Members,
Happy June- hope you are enjoying some summer sun and fresh vegetables from the Farmers’ Markets!
The Public Health Emergency officially “ended” on May 11, 2023. As of this writing, we can continue to provide telemedicine for buprenorphine treatment as we have been through November 11, 2023, and if the provider-patient relationship was established by that date, the same allowances that existed during the pandemic can be continued through November 11, 2024.DEA, SAMHSA Extend COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescribing Controlled Medications for Six Months While Considering Comments from the Public
There continue to be overdose spikes in our areas, and if you can find a way to disseminate that within your networks, you can raise awareness and save a life!
We will take a summer break in June and reconvene in July for the Open Exchange. You can see the discussion with folks from the May discussion with United Way by visiting our website.
As we did last year, we will be offering complimentary WISAM Annual Conference registration to one person, drawn from all attendees who join the monthly Open Exchange sessions. We are looking forward to convening on the 4th Monday through September from 7-8 pm.
Dr. Ritu Bhatnagar, MD MPH FASAM DFAPA