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Several pieces of legislation remain on MAFP's radar in anticipation of the state legislature returning to Lansing in September following the summer recess. It is important that Family Medicine advocates remain persistently active this summer and fall—especially with the lame duck session looming after Thanksgiving, during which anything is possible—to ensure legislators understand Family Physicians' positions on legislation impacting the delivery of, and access to, primary care in Michigan.
Per the updated Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that was signed into law in February, state Medicaid agencies are now required to collect information on third party liability prior to making payments for prenatal or preventive pediatric care. As a result, physicians may see an increase in claims denials indicating the beneficiary has primary insurance. In the future, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will void claims that have paid for several HCPCS codes.
Congratulations to five MAFP student members whose posters are among just 50 selected for display at this year's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, August 2-4, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Effective July 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MIchigan will require a separate Prosthetic and Orthotic Suppliers Provider PIN for billing custom prosthetics and orthotics, and a Durable Medical Equipment provider PIN for billing DME and off-the-shelf prosthetic and orthotic services.
A large number of bills saw movement this week as the Michigan legislature prepared to adjourn for the summer recess. Included was Senate passage of legislation that updates Michigan's Do-Not Resuscitate Procedure Act, final passage of HICA's repeal and replacement, and the signing into law of a package of bills that extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault charges.
Michigan's Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19) $56.8 billion state budget received approval from both chambers this week and is headed to Governor Rick Snyder, which he is expected to sign for final passage. Included is funding for MAFP priorities, such as investments in the primary care workforce through several primary care loan repayment pilots and the MiDocs Graduate Medical Education Consortium, preserving public health by combating the opioid crisis and increasing the state's immunization rates, and level funding for the Medicaid Primary Care Fee Uplift.
Conference Committee Passes MDHHS Budget
As the Michigan legislature moves closer to finalizing the state's Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services $24.8 billion budget passed the joint House and Senate conference committee on June 7. The budget will now be combined with the rest of the Senate’s budget bills to be voted on by each chamber before going to Governor Snyder for final passage. Included are investments in the delivery of and access to primary care, such as funding for the MiDocs Graduate Medical Education Consortium, a Direct Primary Care pilot, and a primary care loan repayment program, among others.
With just one week remaining before the Michigan legislature breaks for summer recess, several bills that MAFP has been monitoring still await action, including naturopathic licensure legislation, HIV testing laws, and the marijuana ballot initiative.
A substitute version of Senate Bill 897 will require “able bodied” individuals to work a minimum of 80 hours per month in order to maintain Healthy Michigan coverage. The bill was passed by the House Appropriations Committee and then the full House on June 6. The Senate concurred with these changes, sending the bill to Governor Snyder for final passage.