Originally posted at: http://forum.nmcannabisreview.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=193
Steven I. Rosenberg, M.D.
Albuquerque Integrative Medicine LLC
5203 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste 1B
Albuquerque, NM 87111
8/11/13: Originally from New York City, Rosenberg received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a master’s degree in biology from Duke University. He spent more than 20 years as an anesthesiologist in New York before moving to New Mexico.
March 2013 business profile at: http://alibi.com/business_report/92/Albuquerque-Integrative-Medicine-LLC.html
FOR THE RECORD: This story incorrectly stated the price of a certification for medical marijuana use from Dr. Steven Rosenberg of Albuquerque Integrative Medicine. Evaluations cost from $135 to $170 for a single evaluation from Rosenberg and $300 for the two evaluations required for patients with severe chronic pain applying for the program.
Rosenberg, on the other hand, said he signs off on about 66 percent of patients seeking certifications.
9/25/13: Rosenberg, who estimates he’s certified about 2,500 patients himself…
My Communications with Dr. Rosenberg in April, 2013
(through Contact Form on website, then through email)
I am a disabled 25-year intractable pain patient who gave up on doctors over a year ago. Under Forms, Your Medical Records, your website indicates that, for a chronic condition, I must have records showing that I am “followed yearly” for my condition. Although I have medical records documenting my condition, I do not have this specific item. Is this mandatory to submit an application for a medical cannabis card?
Reply: You will need to be seen yearly by your medical cannabis provider after you get into the program. Your medical records needed to document your condition and failure of standard therapies must be no older than 5 years at the time of the application. You are welcome to call our office at 505 503 8962 if you need more information. Steven Rosenberg, MD
Dr. Rosenberg, thank you for your quick reply. Although I have MRI reports, injection reports, and letters from doctors, they are all over 5 years old. It is impossible for me to get progress notes under 5 years old, as the doctor who treated me for 8 years passed away and their office is shut down. There is no way to contact them. All I have are the “prescription receipts” that show the medications I was taking. Before I call to schedule an appointment, I need to know if I will meet your requirements.
Reply: The state will not accept documents that are over 5 years old. Without newer documents I cannot recommend you to the program. You would have to reestablish care with a new provider. Dr. Rosenberg
Re-establish care with a new provider? Umm… Dr. Rosenberg, wasn’t that what I was trying to do?
And what about this: “…failure of standard therapies must be no older than 5 years at the time of the application.” Where did you get this rule? And how many patients have been turned down for the program because of rules you’re creating out of thin air?
Good thing I didn’t give up when you refused to consider me for the medical cannabis program — via email. But I have to wonder, how many other patients did give up?
In my opinion, Dr. Rosenberg should not be working for the DOH, deciding which patients get to be a part of the program. In fact, if it was up to me, he would be fired immediately.