e-Prescribing Bills Pass State Legislature

June 26, 2020—The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bills 248 and 254 and House Bill 4217 this week, which require physicians to send all prescriptions, including those for controlled substances, to the pharmacy electronically. They are, in part, a response to federal guidelines of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that, effective Jan. 1, 2021, will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances.

Michigan's e-prescribing mandate takes effect Oct. 1, 2021, or on CMS' effective date should it be delayed beyond January 1, 2021, whichever is later. MAFP advocated for pushing back the effective date to allow the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) time to promulgate any necessary rules and to align the effective date to that of CMS.

Any prescriber who obtains an exemption waiver from CMS may provide documentation of that exemption to LARA to be exempt from the Michigan statute.

SB 248 and 254 and HB 4217 now move to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.