HHS Amends PREP Act to Support Practices’ Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week updated the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to include more measures to help healthcare providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including those using telehealth to treat patients. There is now a limited exception to telehealth licensure in the “covered countermeasure” definition, as long as the diagnosis and treatment for the patient is directly related to the pandemic. For more details on the amendment, click here.

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