Alert - Temporary Change to the Physician Certification Process
Emergency Order 20-002 (executed March 16, 2020): For purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, qualified physicians under section 381.986, Florida Statutes, may issue a physician certification only for an existing qualified patient with an existing certification that was issued by that qualified physician without the need to conduct a physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient. These qualified physicians may only substitute telehealth services for the physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient. Telehealth shall have the same meaning as section 456.47(1)(a). All other minimum practice requirements and standards of care shall still apply to recertifications issued under this exception. This exception to section 381.986(4)(a)1., Florida Statutes, only applies for a period not to exceed thirty days unless extended by order of the State Surgeon General. Any statute and/or rule to the contrary is hereby suspended for a period of thirty days, unless extended.This course, presented by Florida Medical Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, addresses the relevant laws and rules that govern physicians who intend to certify patient eligibility for medical marijuana in Florida. Allopathic and Osteopathic physicians who choose to certify patients are required to complete this course and pass the post-test during each licensure term (or every two years). This course is offered to satisfy a statutory requirement and does not reflect specific endorsement of the usage of marijuana as a medicine.
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
Disclosure: The planners of this activity have nothing to disclose and the authors/faculty have nothing to disclose.
- Discuss relevant state rules and regulations governing medical marijuana in Florida
- Identify the allowable conditions and delivery mechanisms for medical marijuana in Florida
- Recognize the legal restrictions and parameters that physicians must observe when certifying patients as eligible for medical marijuana in Florida
- Decide whether to certify patients as eligible for medical marijuana based on an understanding of the legality of such activity under federal law
Estimated Completion Time: Two Hours
Instructions for earning credit: Learner must review all of the content included in the online electronic document and all supplementary materials; pass the online post-test; and complete the course evaluation electronically. Learner must earn a passing score of at least 80% on the post-test.
Issue Date: September 28, 2017Reviewed and Updated: October 2020
Expiration Date: December 31, 2021