Medical Marijuana Screening and Management
Dorothy LaCombe NP recognizes that there are risks with prescribing opioids for pain relief related to all medical disciplines. Pain and discomfort are endemic in the Rheumatoid Spectrum of diseases and conditions. There is a nationally recognized issue with opioid addiction in the US whereby opioid related deaths (both street and medical combined) have tripled since 1999. Alternatives such as medical marijuana may offer relief of pain for some patients without the addictive side effects of opioids. Dorothy LaCombe NP supports holistic and alternative approaches to treating patients. Medical Marijuana falls under that philosophy and should be used for medical purposes only. Any patient not meeting the strict standards or who is deemed unfit based on inappropriate requests or behaviors will immediately be disqualified.
To be considered for a medical marijuana prescription you must meet the following criteria:
1. Be over age 21
2. Have a referral from a physician with a qualifying diagnosis
3. Have good mental hygiene and life balance
Cost: $100 + insurance fees with a 2-visit certification and $100 for renewal+insurance fees. The fees are no longer cash only.
All patients receive a reminder call prior to the appointment as a courtesy. If an appointment is cancelled up to 24 hours prior to your appointment, you will not be charged. If you fail to show for your appointment, you will be charged $50.00. If you fail to show for your new patient appointment you will be charged $100.00.
For insurances that we accept: Aetna, Blue Shield, CDPHP, Emblem Health, Empire Blue Cross, Empire Plan, Fidelis Care, Humana, Humana Military, Medicaid, Medicare, Multiplan, United Healthcare, Wellcare (including Today’s Options). Feel free to call if you do not see your insurance listed.
The new patient packet consists of pages 1 and 5 of the new patient packet pdf with the third page being the patient-consent-and-waiver-form.