The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) has implemented an improved process for determining if physicians meet the board certification qualification to complete patients’ required Physician Recommendation Form. This process was developed in response to a patient license quality assurance review that found a number of patients were approved for a license despite the form being completed by a physician who was not board certified.
Approximately 450 patients will be required to resubmit the Physician Recommendation Form in order to retain their patient license. The number affected represents less than 2% of patient applications that the OMMA has approved since late August.
Impacted patients will be notified by email on January 4 and will also receive a notice in the mail. There will be no cost to resubmit the form. Patients will have until February 4 to resubmit this form. Patients who do not resubmit the form within the required timeframe will receive a final notice before their license is revoked.
The OMMA has also sent a notification to the associated physicians.
“The OMMA is allowing these patients ample time to resubmit their form free of charge, and we are hopeful that patients will be able to work with their recommending physician to easily resolve the issue,” stated Adrienne Rollins, OMMA Director. “Moving forward, we will continue to ensure that physician recommendations are compliant with state law when issuing patient licenses.”
The OMMA continues to work closely with the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners regarding board certification. The OMMA has also removed physicians who have been identified as not currently meeting the definition of board certified from its registry.
“We are still in the very early stages of a new regulatory program,” said Interim Commissioner Tom Bates. “The OMMA identified a number of complexities involved in defining and verifying board certification, and I am proud of their commitment to quality improvement checks.”
For more information, patients can visit omma.ok.gov or call 405-522-OMMA.