NJ Telemedicine

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

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

New Jersey is one of the most recent states to adopt a telemedicine parity law which requires that private insurance companies pay for telehealth services at similar rates to in-person medical care. In light of the recent covid-19 pandemtic, rules governing telemedicine in New Jersey 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: https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/medical-marijuana-doctors/medical-marijuana-telemedicine-portal/

New Jersey legislature introduced Senate Bill 2337, on August 11, 2014, defining “telemedicine” to mean the “use of interactive audio, video, or other telecommunications or electronic technology, by a licensed health care provider, to deliver a healthcare service to a patient geographically situated in a different location — the use of audio-only telephones, electronic mail, or facsimile transmissions between and provider and patient, are not included in the definition of “telemedicine”.

Unless specifically prohibited, deemed clinically prohibited, or limited by federal or State law, SB 2337 provides that, in-person contact between a health care provider and a patient, is not required for health care services performed via telemedicine

The state also requires that all health care practitioners providing telemedicine services must 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 New Jersey, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the New Jersey Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply.

To date, no parity laws have yet been enacted in New Jersey, 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, New Jersey Medicaid provides coverage for interactive audio-video services.

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in New Jersey

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

  • The State of New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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

Source: New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program

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