Credentialing & Privileging | 07.06.20
Doctor's Credentials Reportedly Stolen, Used to Help 600 Missouri Patients Get Medical Marijuana Cards
Missourinet (06/29/20) Nelson, Alisa
Late last month, Missouri's state health department launched an investigation after an unauthorized physician signature was used to help approximately 600 Missouri patients get certified for medical marijuana use. According to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokesperson Lisa Cox, an involved party notified the state of suspected fraud. The agency then worked to find additional affected individuals. "What we've found was that a doctor who is perfectly capable of certifying patients if he or she chose to, their name and credentials were being used without their knowledge to actually certify these patients," she remarked. Cox went on to state that all of the nearly 54,000 medical marijuana patient applications received have been reviewed for good standing and for red flags or discrepancies that indicate the need for additional checks.
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