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How To Get Safe and Affordable Care During The Pandemic

Posted: April 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every industry in the US and the cannabis industry is no exception. The good news is that medical cannabis dispensaries continue to operate, as they are considered to be an “essential service.” The Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission has allowed the use of telehealth which gives medical cannabis patients access to their medical providers via technology. In this article I will discuss how to prepare in order to get the most out of your telehealth appointment. I will also list all the deals and discounts we are currently offering to help you afford your medicine.

Telehealth

The pandemic has created a brand new, exploding industry known as telehealth or telemedicine. With the cancellation of non-emergency, in person appointments, patients now have safe access to their doctors via technology. By avoiding office or hospital visits, they will reduce their risk for contacting COVID-19 by being able to stay at home. Most providers will charge for virtual care at the same rate as they charge for in-person visits.

The expansion of telehealth services is part of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, passed by Congress, in order to protect the public health. The bill provides federal funds to allow Medicare providers to offer telemedicine services to seniors across the country. Many medical cannabis patients are 65 and older and all have at least one underlying condition, so this development may be a life-saver.

The first step is to find out if your medical cannabis provider offers telemedicine consultations. If so, get the most out of your appointment by doing some preparation in advance.

Things To Consider In Anticipation of Your Appointment

1. Find A Quiet Place where you will not be interrupted
2. Use An Ethernet Connection if at all possible. Sometimes wifi or cellular connection is prone to disruptions.
3. Use A Decent Webcam. If you are experiencing visual symptoms, you will want to make sure that the doctor can see them clearly.
If you are like me and technology is difficult for you, I hope you have a younger, more technology-savvy family member who can help you to set up your system. If not, there are many YouTube tutorials that can instruct you on this.
4. Test Your Equipment. Clearly, you want your appointment to go as smoothly as possible. You do not want technology problems to complicate your interaction with your doctor. Check the following:
a. The camera and microphone are fully functional
b.The volume is on and you know how to adjust it, if necessary
c. The audio is clear so you can hear and be heard
5. Place Your Camera at Eye-Level so you can make eye contact and keep your doctor engaged in conversation
6. Prepare What You Plan To Ask or Say and Do A Practice Session
7. Write Down Your List of Topics you would like to cover

Use Email If You Don’t Feel Comfortable Using Telemedicine

Many doctors are allowing their patients to communicate via email. If your doctor offers this service and you choose to use email, ask for the basic email guidelines for each doctor’s office:
1. What type of information is the office staff willing to answer via computer?
2. Estimated response time
3. Do the messages appear in your permanent medical record?
4. Who else in the office has access to viewing incoming emails?

Other Considerations
1. Provide Your Personal Information
Full name
Date of Birth
Patient ID number if you have it
2. Don’t Expect Privacy
During the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government is relaxing any penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers
3. Be Patient When It Comes To A Response
Everyone is overwhelmed at the moment and working overtime, so allow for extra time for a response; hopefully within 24-48 hours.
4. Call The Office If You Need A More Immediate Response

Pharmacy Services
Pharmacies are offering several services to help reduce your exposure to COVID-19. These include:
a. Telehealth and video consultations
b. Delivery services such as home delivery or curbside pickup for medications
c. Longer Supplies
Your prescription may qualify for a 90-day refill or an early refill

Bloom Medicinal Deals and Discounts

This is a trying time for all of our patients and especially difficult for those who have lost their jobs. We are offering the following ways to save you money so that you can continue to purchase your medicine:
Weekly Deals
Receive notifications directly into your inbox

Flash Sales
When you already know the product that you need. Order online for pickup and avoid standing in line
a. Daily Specials
b. Cannabucks Program
c. Cannapoints
Earn points whenever you make a purchase and apply them towards discounts

Weekly Discounts

Medible Mondays
Receive 20% Off All Regularly Priced Edibles

Flameless Tuesdays
Receive 20% Off All Curio and MPX Cartridges and All Disposable Vapes

CBD Wednesdays
Receive 20% Off All CBD Flowers and Disposable Vapes

Thursdays through Sundays
We Offer Selected Sale Products through our email program

Happy Hour

Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 12pm
Receive 25% Off Select Flowers, Concentrates and Cartridges

Patient Discounts
We realize that there are times when a product that a patient needs is not on sale. For that reason, we offer patient discounts for regularly priced products every time you shop at Bloom Medicinals.
Veterans: 22% Off
Terminally Ill: 15% Off
Seniors 55 and Up: 10% Off
Students: 10% Off
Minors 17 and younger: 10% Off
Disability: 10% Off

Please stay safe and stay home, if at all possible!

Source:
Marijuanadoctors.com, Medical Marijuana Healthcare During The COVID-19 Crisis
shopatbloom.com

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