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About Your First Visit:

What Do I need for an initial appointment at Integr8 Massachusetts?

Walk in appointments will be available for a limited time on a first come first serve basis and payment will be due at the time of service. We accept credit cards, debit cards, money orders, and cash.  You are only required to prepay for your first visit.

If you are busy and want a guaranteed appointment time, we require you to prepay for your initial appointment.  Once we receive payment, we will schedule you for the next available appointment time that works best for you.

We also require that you bring medical records to document your qualifying condition.  If you don’t have your records, please contact us and we will request them for you.  If you have questions about what records you need to bring please call us at (781) 328 4488 ext 1 to discuss your options.

What is the process for obtaining a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana certification at Integr8 Massachusetts?

Each patient needs to be evaluated in our office by one of our practitioners.  An initial visit is about one hour in length.  Our doctors will review your condition and determine if you qualify under Massachusetts State Medical Marijuana Law.

If  you do qualify, then you will be provided with one of our Certificates, allowing you to obtain a Registration card from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Registration card will enable you to obtain and possess medical marijuana.

If  you do not qualify, then our practitioner may be able to outline a plan for how you may qualify in the future.

In order to qualify you for Medical Marijuana Certification in Massachusetts, we will need to review your medical records that support your debilitating medical condition. When you schedule your appointment we will discuss how to obtain your medical records if you do not already have them.  We can provide you with medical record releases to obtain your records.

During your evaluation we will determine if additional records are needed and we will obtain your medical records from your provider(s) if necessary.

In some situations, our providers will be able to diagnose a patient with a debilitating medical condition at the time of their evaluation.

How do I know if I qualify for Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law States that  you must have a Debilitating Medical Condition that has caused one or more of the following symptoms to qualify for medical marijuana certification in Massachusetts:

  • Causing weakness
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Intractable Pain
  • Nausea,
  • Impairing Strength or Ability

The symptom(s) (listed above) need to be progressing to such an extent that one or more of a patient’s major life activities is substantially limited.

The Debilitating Medical Conditions include (but are not limited to):

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying physician.

Do I need a referral to have an appointment at Integr8 Massachusetts?

No, you do not need a referral. Please contact our office to set up your appointment.   (781) 328-4488

Will insurance cover my appointment and evaluation?

Many plans will reimburse a portion of our fee or apply it to your deductible. At the time of your visit, you may request a super bill to submit to your insurance company. This super bill does not mention Medical Marijuana. Insurance providers classify our medical practice as “out of network”.  Medicare does not provide reimbursement for our visits.

Why do we need my medical records?

The State of Massachusetts requires that adequate medical records document your debilitating medical condition and are reviewed by our doctors. This process assures that your certificate will protect you from any challenge within Massachusetts’ legal system.  Once you become a patient, we will provide you with releases and obtain records from your providers.

In applicable situations, our providers may be able to diagnose your debilitating medical condition during your visit. We ask that you come prepared with any available and relevant medical records as this option is not appropriate in all circumstances.

What if I don’t have the correct medical records for the visit?

Not a problem. During the visit our providers will let you know if we need more records, and what records we need. We will provide you with a Medical Record Release form to sign and we will send it to the appropriate providers.  Your certification will be sent out once our doctors receive and review them.

How do I get my medical records?

Contact Integr8 Massachusetts and we will provide you with a Medical Record Release form(s) and send them to your doctor(s) or health care provider(s). You do not need to explain why you need your records if you choose to keep this confidential.

If you are having trouble obtaining your records, please contact the office and we will assist you.

Is my medical provider REQUIRED to release my records?

IN 2004, A FEDERAL LAW WAS PASSED THAT REQUIRES ALL PHYSICIANS OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH A COPY OF MEDICAL RECORDS WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER A PATIENT MAKES A FORMAL REQUEST.

If your doctor’s office refuses to help you, notify them (in writing and on the phone) that they will be reported to the Massachusetts Medical Board and fined if you do not receive the records as previously requested. The Medical Board takes these problems seriously and will help you obtain your records. Your doctor may ask you to pay a small fee for the copying expense. If you are having trouble obtaining your records, please contact the office and we will assist you through the process.

What if I don’t have medical records because I do not see medical providers?

We may be able to diagnose you with your debilitating condition during your visit. If not, we will evaluate your condition during the initial visit and provide you with a specific individualized plan. This may involve conservative, conventional and integrative therapies such as physical therapy, manipulation, medicines, supplements, or a consultation with another medical provider. After completing the required conventional evaluation and/or treatment, we will reassess your eligibility for a medical marijuana certification.

 About Obtaining Medical Marijuana In Massachusetts:

Certified Patients who have our Certification and a Massachusetts Registration Card may obtain their medicine from a Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensary. The Hardship Cultivation Registration (105 CMR 725.035) enables a patient (in a position of hardship) to grow 3 flowering plants of their own in an enclosed space. Please refer to State law for details and to see if you qualify for this program.

 

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