Do I Need Anything To Be Approved For Medical Marijuana In Ohio?
Once you have decided you would like to get a medical marijuana card through the state of Ohio, there are a few things you are going to need.
Ohio HB 523, Ohio’s medical marijuana law, requires that patients seeking a medical marijuana card must provide the medical marijuana doctor with detailed medical records documenting their health condition. If you need help determining if your ailment qualifies, check out our list of the 21 conditions approved for medical marijuana use in Ohio.
What Medical Records Do I Need For Medical Marijuana In Ohio?
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Ohio, you will need any medical records that clearly state that you are suffering from one of the qualifying conditions, and that the problem is active and ongoing.
For patients seeking medical marijuana for chronic pain, for example, you will need to demonstrate surgeries, attempted treatments, medications and other materials related to chronic pain and the underlying condition causing it.
How Do I Get My Medical Records in Ohio?
Ohio Marijuana Card can contact your relevant doctor(s) and obtain your medical records if you do not have access to them. However, in order to dramatically expedite the process of obtaining your Ohio medical marijuana card, we recommend bringing your records directly to your appointment with our state-licensed Ohio medical marijuana doctors.
Most practices and facilities will ask you to fill out a form to formally request your records. Call the provider's office and request a copy of the form. They should be able to deliver it to you by fax, email, or postal mail, or you may pick the records up directly from the doctor's office.
If the doctor's office does not have a specific form, you may write a letter to make your request. We recommend that you include the following information:
Your name, including your maiden name (if applicable)
Social Security number
Date of birth
Address and phone number
Record(s) being requested
Date(s) of service (months and years under the doctor's care)
Delivery option (pick up, fax, email, etc.)
Some practices will also allow you to access your medical records directly through the web or through an app, using health portals like MyChart. Ask your doctor if they are part of this program as it will greatly ease the process of obtaining your medical records, allowing you to print them directly from your home.
What If My Medical Records Are Incorrect?
Once you have obtained copies of your records, be sure to review them carefully. If you find errors, you'll want to correct them immediately to be sure they cannot affect any future diagnosis or treatment you may receive. You have the right under HIPAA to request that your medical or billing records be amended to correct inaccurate or incomplete information. Providers usually agree to correct factual inaccuracies. But if the discrepancy is a difference of opinion, your provider is not required to amend the record. If your request for an amendment is not granted, HIPAA allows you to add a formal statement of disagreement to your record.
What If My Doctor Won't Give Me My Medical Records?
If a health care provider fails to furnish a medical record as required by Ohio Revised Code, the patient, personal representative, or authorized person who requested the record may bring civil action to enforce the patient's right of access to the record.
Can Ohio Marijuana Card Help Me Get My Medical Records?
Ideally, you would want to bring your medical records to your appointment with our state-licensed Ohio medical marijuana doctor. However, if you are not able to obtain your records from your doctor, still feel free to schedule an appointment and come into our offices for your examination. We understand that some clinics and hospitals make the process of obtaining medical records more difficult than necessary, and so if you need any assistance in obtaining those records we have a team here at Ohio Marijuana Card specialized in obtaining medical records on a patient's behalf.
Once our medical marijuana doctors have established a relationship, and we have collected the necessary health records, our doctors will sign a formal letter allowing you access to medical marijuana anywhere throughout Ohio.
Ohio Marijuana Card is here to make this process as simple and painless for our customers as possible. If you need help, or have any further questions, feel free to call us at (866-457-5559). One of our friendly staff members will assist in answering any inquiries, comments or concerns you may have.