Following last week’s state of emergency declaration from Gov. Tate Reeves, the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure has issued a proclamation easing off regulations around telemedicine. 

The Board has temporarily lifted multiple regulations concerning access to telemedicine, a move that could provide relief to both patients and healthcare workers as reports of COVID-19 cases continue to add up in Mississippi. 

The Board is encouraging “all physicians to utilize telemedicine so as to avoid unnecessary patient travel both in-state and out of state.”

With that, the Board has said they will not enforce “any statute, rule, or regulation” that requires physicians to personally examine a patient prior to the issuance of a prescription. This includes controlled substances, and every physician will have access to the Prescription Monitoring Program when a controlled substance is issued and urine drug tests will not be required.

Out-of-state physicians may also utilize telemedicine in treating patients in Mississippi without securing a license to practice medicine in the state. 

This proclamation was ordered and approved Sunday.