Medical Marijuana: How Providers Can Prevent A Legal Hit

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
60 Minutes
Product Description

Understand Laws That Govern the Use of Marijuana for Medical Purposes

With nearly half of the U.S. states now allowing the recommendation and use of marijuana for medical purposes, providers may be considering whether it is appropriate to assist patients seeking a medical marijuana recommendation. Also, providers may have concerns about the impact of patients who are utilizing medical pot or hail from a recreational marijuana state.

Providers who are interested in adding marijuana recommendations to a practice or clinic need to be aware of both federal and state laws that apply. They also need to be aware of the current standards of care applicable to evaluating patients for this drug, as well as potential regulatory and other risks they face by licensing and enforcement agencies. Fraud and abuse and other laws also may come into play in pursuing transactional arrangements with growers or distributers of medical marijuana.

Physicians and facilities should likewise be cautious in the treatment of patients authorized to use medical marijuana. These patients can be problematic if, for instance, they seek care in states where medical hemp isn’t recognized. Likewise, HIPAA and other considerations come into play if medical marijuana use is reflected in charts that could ultimately be scrutinized by insurers or employers. Lastly, offices and facilities need to evaluate the implications if patients seek to use medical marijuana onsite.

In this session, Wayne will outline the laws applicable for conducting medical pot recommendations and treatment of patients who utilize the drug. Wayne will outline the standard of care and other steps that should be followed to minimize legal risk if recommendations are made. Further, he will discuss possible protocols if an office or facility accepts patients who are regular medical marijuana users.

This 60-minute session will help you understand:

  • What do federal and state laws say about medical pot involvement by providers?
  • Who can recommend it and what is the accepted standard of care?
  • What protocols apply if a provider accepts patients who use medical pot?
  • Can providers in non-approval states recognize medical marijuana cards?
  • Is it legal to enter into lease or other transactions with marijuana vendors?
  • HIPAA, other considerations in releasing medical pot patient information

Session agenda:

  • Medical marijuana overview
  • State approaches to MMJ recommending
  • Maintaining minimum standards of care
  • Avoiding enforcement trip ups
  • Special issues: existing MMJ patients
  • Doing deals with suppliers
  • HIPAA considerations

Who should attend

  • Physicians
  • Practice managers
  • Medical groups
  • Healthcare consultants
  • Medical practice and facility executives

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About Our Speaker

Wayne J. Miller - Healthcare Compliance Expert

Wayne J. Miller, Esq., is a founding partner of the Compliance Law Group, Los Angeles, a law firm focused on health care industry legal compliance for clients nationwide. Wayne has practiced healthcare business and regulatory law throughout his 30-year career. His firm represents a wide range of healthcare industry clients throughout the nation. He is a frequent speaker for The Coding Institute national teleconferences on healthcare reimbursement, transactional and regulatory...   More Info
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