Using TeleMedicine to obtain your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card is now a possibility because of the Corona Virus.
On March 18, 2020, the State Medical Board of Ohio met and voted to suspend enforcement of TeleMedicine regulations for licensees during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow Ohio Physicians with a CTR to use TeleMedicine in place of in-person visits to make recommendations and renewals for Ohio Medical Marijuana Cards.
On March 22, 2020, Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, issued a Director’s Order to Stay at Home. This order permits individuals to leave their residence to work for or obtain services through a healthcare and public health operation. The order further states that licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are considered a healthcare and public health operation and will not be closed as a result of the order. A copy of the order may be reviewed here.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Staff, as well as Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctors in clinics throughout Ohio are working remotely until further notice. You may experience some delays throughout the process and everyone asks for your patience while they try and work through these unprecedented times.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has instituted a TeleMedicine program that allows you to speak with your Ohio Medical Marijuana Doctor, over the phone in the safety & privacy of your own home.
Ohio Physicians must document their use of TeleMedicine and meet minimal standards of care. The Ohio State Medical Board will provide advance notice before resuming enforcement of the above regulation when the state emergency orders are lifted.
Benefits Of TeleMedicine
Using TeleMedicine to obtain your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card with the team at Ohio Marijuana Card is really easy! They are now accepting appointments for new patients & renewals, state-wide. The process is incredibly easy and straightforward, anyone can do it! They simply send you a link that can be opened on your phone, or computer, and then you speak directly with the doctor on the phone or through video conference (when available).
TeleMedicine For Ohio Medical Marijuana Patients – How It Works
Telemedicine allows patients with a qualifying condition to get approved by a certified doctor through video conference. Ohio Marijuana Card uses a HIPAA compliant video conferencing software that is incredibly easy to use for patients. You don’t even need a computer, as the platform can be access on any smartphone web browser!
The entire process is completed in 5 easy steps:
Step 2: Complete the intake form sent to your email address.
Step 3: Ensure we have copies of your medical records showing your qualifying condition, as well as your state-issued ID. You’ll have an opportunity to upload this information in your intake form, but you can also send these documents through email or fax.
Step 4: Make payment with a credit or debit card by phone.
Step 5: Once steps 1 – 4 are complete, you’re good to go. We will then be able to move your appointment up as soon as you’d like, even same-day, and get you speaking with the doctor from the comfort of your home.
You can read more about Telemedicine here.
Everyone in the Ohio Medical Marijuana Industry values your business, but most importantly, your health. It is our hope that the addition of TeleMedicine will increase public safety, while allowing us to continue our mission of increasing patient access to medical marijuana in Ohio.
All patients are required by Ohio law to have a follow-up appointment once every 12 months to avoid losing access to medical marijuana dispensaries.
During this shutdown because of the Corona Virus, Governor Mike DeWine has approved a temporary, Curbside Delivery option for Ohio Medical Marijuana Patients! We will be exploring this procedure in our next article: Using Hypur For Curbside Pickup At Ohio Dispensaries!
Don’t risk having your card expire!