New Executive Orders Expand Telehealth and Essential Worker Designations

Under two new coronavirus related executive orders, Governor Larry Hogan has authorized telehealth via email and established disability workers as essential employees.

From The Baltimore Sun:

One of Wednesday’s measures amends a previous order allowing licensed healthcare professionals to deliver services via audio-only platforms to patients. The new ordinance enables healthcare practitioners to offer medical advice, treatment guidance and prescribe medication so long that it follows normal health guidelines.

The second executive order qualifies those performing services for people with disabilities as essential healthcare providers. Those who provide food, shelter, interpreting services, social services or other services deemed as essential to keeping people with disabilities in their homes or neighborhoods fall under this category.

For more information:

Maryland Gov. Hogan authorizes email-based telehealth, disability workers as essential during coronavirus crisis (The Baltimore Sun)