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Governor Lee Issues Executive Order to Combat COVID-19

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March 12, 2020

Governor Bill Lee Issues Executive Order #14 in Response to COVID-19

On March 12, 2020, Governor Bill Lee declared a state of emergency to facilitate the response to COVID-19 and has issued Executive Order #14. Specific to pharmacy practice, the following actions have been taken to promote the health and well-being of Tennesseans during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The Commissioner of Health or her designee, in conjunction with the Director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) or his designee, shall implement the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan (TEMP) and all applicable annexes to coordinate the State’s response to COVID-19.
  • The relevant provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Titles 63 and 68, and related rules are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to give the Commissioner of Health the discretion to allow a health care professional who is licensed in another state, and who would otherwise be subject to licensing requirements under Title 63 or Title 68, to engage in the practice of such individual’s profession in Tennessee, if such individual is a health care professional who is assisting in the medical response to COVID-19.
  • The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 63-10-207(a) and (c), are hereby suspended to allow a pharmacist to dispense an extra 30-day supply of maintenance prescriptions without proper authorization to persons as is necessary to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee, subject to all other provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 63-10-207 and 63-1-164. [NO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES]
  • The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-11-201(20), are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to allow health care professionals who would otherwise be subject to licensing requirements to provide localized treatment of patients in temporary residences.
  • The provisions of Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-06-03-.16 are suspended to allow testing for COVID-19 at alternate testing sites without prior approval by the Medical Laboratory Board; provided, that laboratories shall notify the Medical Laboratory Board of any such alternate testing sites.
  • In accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 47-18-5103, it is hereby declared that in Tennessee an abnormal economic disruption exists, and therefore, persons are prohibited from charging any other person a price for medical supplies or emergency supplies, as listed in Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 47-18- 5103(a)(l)(C) and (D), that is grossly in excess of the price generally charged for the same or similar goods or services in the usual course of business. Paragraph 7 of this Order shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m., Central Daylight Time, on March 27, 2020.
  • The relevant provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 71, Chapter 3, Part 5, and related rules are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to give the Commissioner of Human Services the discretion to waive the child care licensure requirements, including requirements concerning capacity, care categories, grouping, license transfers, and drop-in centers, if necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19.
  • The Division of Tenn Care is hereby authorized to create policies or modify existing policies as is necessary to ensure that members of the TennCare and CoverKids programs continue to receive medically necessary services without disruption during this state of emergency.
  • Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 58-2-107(e)(2), I hereby direct the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance to continue working with health insurance plans operating in the state to identify and remove any burdens to responding to COVID-19 and improve access to treatment options and medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19.
This Executive Order shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m., Central Daylight Time, on May 11, 2020, at which time the suspension of any state laws and rules shall cease and be of no further force or effect.
TPA has created a Practice-Based Resource Page for pharmacists and pharmacy professionals which specifically focuses on COVID-19, including state and national resources, patient-specific handouts, and other important information. This is a very fluid situation, and TPA will continue to update the COVID-19 Practice-Based Resource Page with additional resources and information as it becomes available.
COVID-19 Practice-Based Resource Page