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Updated on January 30, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Michigan Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

The State of Michigan, defines telemedicine as the technological connection of telecommunication, between a healthcare professional and a patient, both at different geographical locations. The Michigan Department of Community Health requires the use of interactive two-way, real-time technology, to include at the minimum video, and audio. All technology is required to meet the needs of audio and video compliance, as per current Michigan regulations and industry standards.

Effective 2012, Michigan legislature enacted parity laws, requiring Michigan Medicaid, state health employee plans, and private payers alike, to recognize and reimburse telemedicine services at the same rates as the equivalent health care service provided in-person — however, Michigan is one of three states to cover interactive audio-video only, as a condition of their parity law.

While there are no unique practice standard requirements for telemedicine vs in-person services, 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 Michigan, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Michigan Medical Board, prior to commencing service — the state does not allow physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions, at this time.

On May 07, 2015, Michigan introduced potential legislation that would allow 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 Michigan

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

  • The State of Michigan 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 Michigan 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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