29 Sep

New Louisiana Medical Marijuana Laws Create Booming Potential Market for Doctors

The 2016 legalization of medical marijuana in Louisiana set the ground for a booming new market for medical marijuana doctors in the state. In addition to seeking the physician’s authorization required to use medical marijuana in Louisiana, many Louisiana patients new to medical marijuana may need guidance in its safe and proper use. Moreover, the law requires all medical marijuana patients, both those new to marijuana and familiar with it alike, be monitored throughout their treatment by the doctor providing the authorization. This places medical marijuana doctors in high demand in Louisiana, both for medical marijuana authorizations and to monitor those authorized treatments.

Expected to add even further to this demand, state regulators have more recently loosened limits on the number of medical cannabis patients a single doctor can authorize. In an eight to one vote in September 2018, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners removed a 2016 cap limited doctors to treating just 100 patients with medical cannabis. Lifting this restriction benefits patients by removing bottlenecks in vital health care services, and it benefits doctors by preventing them from having to refuse needed care to a patient.

The combination of the new medical marijuana law in Louisiana and the lifting of regulations restricting the number of patients per doctor means that doctors can find themselves inundated with demand for medical marijuana authorizations. To help manage this demand, software like DrGreenSoft was created to specifically manage the unique demands on medical marijuana doctors. With DrGreenSoft, physicians have immediate access to all the forms, regulations and information required to treat patients with medical marijuana while complying fully with state law. DrGreenSoft is fully HIPAA compliant and secure with automated cloud backups. The software is a complete suite of EMR, POS and medical marijuana patient verification systems. It includes a telemedicine suite for staying in contact with patients, featuring a secure Internet portal with online pre-qualification services and a smart calendar. The software even comes with full marketing and CRM features for helping to keep up with referrals and distribute promotions. Another new regulation passed by the state Medical Examiners Board also helps reduce doctors’ loads a bit, as well as an unnecessary burden on patients, by eliminating the requirement patients see their medical marijuana physician every 90 days to renew authorization.

Despite passage of the original medical marijuana law in Louisiana in 2016, implementation has yet to occur, with patient access to medical cannabis in the state expected to begin within 3 to 6 months of the September passage of these new regulations. This means there is still plenty of time for Louisiana doctors to enter this new market at its outset. So far, only 48 physicians have applied to authorize medical cannabis treatment in Louisiana at that time. This means the need is still high for doctors to enter the Louisiana medical marijuana market. Whether considering expanding or transitioning into this new booming market, the features and services DrGreenSoft provides can eliminate confusion and overwhelm and help make the process go smoothly and efficiently.

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