What types of healthcare practitioners can authorize marijuana for qualifying conditions?
The following healthcare practitioners may authorize marijuana:
Medical doctor (MD)
Physician assistant (PA)
Osteopathic physician (DO)
Osteopathic physician assistant (DOA)
Advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP)
Does the authorizing practitioner have to personally fill out the form?
Yes. The authorizing practitioner is ultimately responsible for the form.The authorizing practitioner must personally fill out and sign the "Attestation of Healthcare Practitioner" and the optional section regarding additional plants, if that section is used.
The authorizing practitioner's staff members may fill out the "Patient and Designated Provider and Authorizing Healthcare Practitioner Information" sections. The authorizing practitioner may pre-print the information in the "Authorizing Healthcare Practitioner Information" section. Neither the patient nor the designated provider may fill out any portion of the form other than signing under the attestation.
What if the authorizing practitioner has terrible handwriting?
The form is the authorizing practitioner's responsibility. All information on the form must be legible. Information that is illegible or false renders the form invalid.
May I use a website or email address instead of a telephone number for verification?
No. The law requires a telephone number for the authorizing practitioner where the authorization can be verified during normal business hours. You may include a website or email address in addition to the telephone number.
What if the patient doesn't want their address or medical condition on the form?
All the information must be included. If boxes are left empty the form is invalid.
Doesn't including the patient's medical condition violate HIPAA?
No. HIPAA is violated only when a healthcare practitioner, insurance company or healthcare clearinghouse (such as a billing service) provides protected information to a third party. It's not a violation for the authorizing practitioner to give the patient their own information. It also isn't a violation for the patient to provide their own information to anyone.
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