IL Telemedicine

Updated on May 5, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Illinois Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

Rules governing telemedicine in Illinois for prescribing medical marijuana are changing. Patients interested in getting a medical marijuana evaluation conducted in the privacy of their own home, or location of their choosing, can access it via a secure real-time, live-video connection here:

In 2020 Illinois expanded access to health care services for all Illinois residents provided through remote means during the term of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois’s previous telehealth policy and rulemaking was adopted and became effective January 29, 2010. The telehealth services were limited to medical evaluations between hospitals only, but under the state’s telehealth expansion, physicians, advanced practice nurses, podiatrists, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Encounter Rate Clinics (ERCs), will also be allowed to provide telemedicine services. Additionally, physicians who have completed either a general psychiatry residency program or child/adolescent psychiatry residency program may now render telemedicine services under telepsychiatry.

Defined as, the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications, “telemedicine”, includes video conferencing, still-image transmissions, and e-health — including the remote monitoring of a patient’s vital signs, patient portals, continuing medical education, and nursing call centers.

To date, no parity laws have yet been enacted in Illinois, that would require private payers to recognize and reimburse telemedicine services at the same rates as the equivalent health care service provided in-person — however, Alabama Medicaid provides coverage for telemedicine services and store-and-forward telemedicine.
As per the Illinois Medical Board, health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to adhere to the same standard of professional conduct and practice, as healthcare practitioners of the same practice or specialty, providing services in-person — with the exception of prescription.

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

On July 21, 2015, Illinois enacted legislation allowing the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensing Compact, expediting a pathway to licensure for qualified physicians, wishing to practice telemedicine in multiple states.

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in Illinois

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

  • The State of Illinois 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 Illinois 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.

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HIPAA is a federal law that protects the privacy of identifiable patient information, requires electronic and physical security standards related to the storage and use of PHI, and establishes standard transactions and code sets to simplify billing and other electronic transactions. HIPAA standards were updated in 2009 by the implementation of the HITECH Act and again in 2013 by the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. In accordance with HIPAA standards, is HITECH and BAA certified, and has put in place measures to protect the confidentiality of health information in any form, whether written, oral, or electronic.

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