DHSS Anounces Changes to Physician Certification Process
Missouri's medical marijuana patients who've attempted to read their doctor's handwritten certification form will no longer have to worry. Relief is on the way.
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is rolling out the final phase of its online system for electronic physician certification for submission of medical marijuana patients information.
Patients will no longer be able to submit manual (paper) certification forms.
That option will be removed from the MyComplia website portal where patients apply for Missouri's Medical Marijuana Patient Certification ID card.
The department regulators began contacting physicians in January to explain the upcoming changes and to offer training on the new capabilities of the online system.
Electronic submission of physician certification information will end instances of certification fraud that have occurred where patients submitted forms with invalid physician signatures.
More Security for Physicians
The new procedure offers a secure account for physicians.Their identity will be verified by the Department at the time of account creation. The physician’s current license will also be validated at the time of application review.
Lyndall Fraker, (Photo) director of the DHSS Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation said in a statement, “This new process will provide an opportunity for more direct communication between certifying physicians and the Department, which will strengthen this partnership in the shared goal of creating a safe and secure program for Missouri medical marijuana patients and their caregivers.
We have received significant positive feedback from physicians and patients about this improvement in application processes and appreciate their input and cooperation during this transition.”
Pursuant to Missouri law, a physician certification form for a medical marijuana patient applicant must be completed and signed by a Missouri licensed physician who is active and in good standing to practice medicine or osteopathy.
Patients and physicians are encouraged to contact the Section for Medical Marijuana Regulation with questions or if assistance is needed.
Additional information will be posted at medicalmarijuana.mo.gov.