Are Medical Cannabis Recommendations Confidential?
The privacy of a patient’s medical information is a paramount topic at healthcare facilities. Every visit you make to any doctor is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which is a confidentiality provision for safeguarding medical information in the United States.
Just as with a primary care physician, when you visit a medical marijuana doctor, a standard medical form is completed which is later added to any other medical data you have in the system. This information is secure, cannot be found in any public records and is kept private in accordance with the law.
The Compassionate Use Registry
The Compassionate Use Registry is an electronic, online and secure database for the registration of ordering doctors and patients who qualify for medical marijuana. Physicians who make medical marijuana recommendations are to enter a patient’s data into the registry and keep it updated.
In Florida, the physician must also submit a patient’s treatment plan to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida every quarter. This information is used for the purpose of research on the efficiency and safety of low-THC marijuana on patients. Once treatment is discontinued, the physician is obligated to deactivate a patient’s registration.
Some of the treatment plans a doctor should maintain record of include the dose ordered, the way it was administered, planned duration of use, a close monitor of a patient’s symptoms, and any signs of reactions or tolerance to the cannabis.
The Compassionate Use Registry is only accessible to licensed ordering physicians who have met the educational requirements and attained their Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) services credentials. Other persons may request access by completing a “Request for Access to the Compassionate Use Registry” form, and must be one of the following:
- An authorized employee in the department
- A permitted employee in a dispensing organization
- A law enforcement official
Also, those seeking to access the registry must successfully complete a department-approved course on patient confidentiality. At the end of the course, they’ll receive a certificate of completion which must be available to the department upon request.
To learn more about the confidentiality of your medical marijuana recommendations, visit the Florida Health Office of Compassionate Use via the Florida Department of Health’s website.
How to Know If You’re Eligible for Medical Marijuana
According to Florida’s Amendment 2, you may be eligible for a medical marijuana recommendation if you have just one of a vast number of diagnosable medical conditions. To quickly and easily determine your eligibility for medical marijuana, complete our online eligibility survey and start the process today. The qualification exam only takes a few minutes to complete, and you can have an answer instantly.