CCC is very familiar with telemedicine according to Florida Law. We will schedule patients for in office visits as well as use telemedicine to conduct medical marijuana consultations. According to Florida law, telemedicine can be used for both initial and follow-up appointments. The Florida Board of Medicine prohibits physicians from prescribing controlled substances, including all forms of cannabis, via telemedicine, except for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Although all relevant Florida rules and statutes related to medical cannabis, and the state-mandated Continuing Medical Education course required of “ordering physicians,” differentiates that the physician is “ordering” medical cannabis, as opposed to “prescribing” it, until we have further clarification from the Florida Board of Medicine as to this issue, all consultations where a treatment plan is submitted to the Compassionate Use Database will be held in-person.
Under Florida law, “telemedicine” means the practice of medicine by a licensed Florida physician or physician assistant where patient care, treatment, or services are provided through the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications. Telemedicine does not include health care services provided solely through an audio only telephone, email messages, text messages, facsimile transmission, U.S. Mail, and/or other parcel service.