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New Mexico Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

New Mexico Legislature enacted a new section of the Health Care Purchasing Act, titled “Coverage For Telemedicine Services”, defines “telemedicine” as both, interactive two-way audio/video, and store-and-forward technology.

New Mexico has the widest range of telemedicine health services, in the nation, including telemedicine services from behavioral analysts; counseling services; social work services; home rehabilitative services; and services by addition/substance abuse specialists. The Act requires health coverage of telemedicine services, at the same rate as the equivalent service provided in-person, by all forms of private insurance, and New Mexico Medicaid. And, it requires that clinical services provided via telemedicine, must be encrypted and conform, to state and federal privacy laws.

In 2013, New Mexico legislature enacted parity laws, requiring New Mexico 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.

As per the New Mexico Medical Board, health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to adhere to the same standard of professional conduct and practice, as health care practitioners of the same practice or specialty, providing services in-person — with the exception of prescription.

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

Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in New Mexico

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

  • The State of New Mexico 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 Mexico 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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