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Arizona Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Laws

Arizona Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

In Arizona, telemedicine may be used to extend the availability of both clinical, educational, and established policies for the maintenance of records, and purposes of confidentiality.

On April 10, 2015, Arizona legislature passed House Bill 2489, containing certain restrictions on drug prescription’s made via telemedicine — the prescription of controlled substances via telemedicine, is required to adhere to all federal AND state regulations.

In 2013, Arizona enacted legislature passing parity laws — effective January 01, 2015 — requiring Arizona private payers, along with Arizona Medicare, to recognize and reimburse telemedicine services, at the same rates as the equivalent health care service provided in-person.

On May 11, 2016, Arizona enacted House Bill 2502 — legislature that allows the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact, expediting a pathway to licensure for qualified physicians, wishing to practice telemedicine in multiple states.

At this time, Arizona permits the use of interactive video functions for direct clinical services; case consultations; collateral services; training and education; administration activities of participating agencies; management activities — including advocacy; clinical consultation; finance; grievance and appeal; MIS; quality management; utilization and risk management — and additional uses, as approved by the The Arizona Department of Behavioral Health Services (T/RBHA).

Additionally, all health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to first establish a physician-patient relationship with a patient, prior to providing a diagnosis or treatment — however, telemedicine may be used to satisfy this requirement.
All health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to first document and record a patient’s informed consent, prior to commencing service.

All out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine services, to patients geographically situated in the state of Arizona, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Arizona Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply.

Arizona is one of sixteen states across the United States, to have an informed consent policy, for telemedicine.

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in Arizona

Qualified medical marijuana patients please be advised that for the purposes of using medical marijuana telemedicine services online, in Arizona:

The State of Arizona requires that, in order for a marijuana doctor to conduct a medical marijuana evaluation, the physician must first conduct a patient examination, in-person.
Although patients may not see a marijuana doctor online for the initial visit, patients may choose to use medical marijuana telemedicine services online for all follow-up visits.

If you are a qualified Arizona medical marijuana patient who has already established a bonafide relationship with a medical marijuana doctor, and want to see a marijuana doctor online and on-demand now, via the medical marijuana telemedicine portal, please click here.

Useful Resources

Arizona State Senate Issue Brief “Telemedicine”
Arizona House Bill 2489
Arizona State Legislature 32-1421
American Telemedicine Association — Arizona
Center For Connected Health Policy — Arizona
Interstate Medical Licensing Compact — Arizona


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