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Oregon Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

Oregon’s Chapter 414, “An Act Relating To Telemedicine” — effective June 13, 2013 — defines telemedicine as “the provision of health services to patients by physicians and health care practitioners from a distance using electronic communications”.

Oregon Medicaid, state health employee plans, and private payers alike, are required by Oregon’s parity law — enacted  in 2009 — to recognize and reimburse telemedicine services — covered services include live video communications, and email and telephone when used as a means for consulting with a patient, or when video conferencing availability is limited — at the same rates as the equivalent service provided in-person. Effective June 2015, state employee health plans, are also required to reimburse telemedicine services, as they do in-person services.

As per the Oregon 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.

The Act also requires, all out-of-state health care practitioners to either first obtain a valid and current medical license, or a telemedicine permit to practice, from the Oregon Medical Board, prior to commencing service. At this time, Oregon’s interstate practices are considered less restrictive, as there is currently no legislature enacting the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.


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Using Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services in Oregon

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

  • The State of Oregon 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 Oregon medical marijuana patient who has already established a bonafide relatonship 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.