December 18, 2020—MAFP Speaker and Advocacy Committee Chair Beena Nagappala, MD, MPH, and MAFP Director of Government Relations Matt Black presented on administrative burden at AAFP’s virtual State Legislative Conference on Dec. 16. MAFP has been actively involved in the introduction and advancement of Michigan Senate Bill 612, which calls for reforming the prior authorization process to protect patients and reduce administrative burden. Despite that the Senate made changes to the bill before passing it to the House this week, Dr. Nagappala's remarks focused on the successes achieved through the Health Can't Wait Coalition, of which MAFP is a member. Read more
The Health Can't Wait coalition brought together a large group of stakeholders, from associations to patient advocacy groups to individuals, that collectively raised awareness of the need for prior authorization reform. Senate Bill 612 is the culmination of nearly four years of work and the vehicle for educating legislators about how individuals are negatively affected by delaying care as a result of the current prior authorization process. Michigan has seen some success with first chamber passage of the bill on its first introduction because of the groundwork done previous to introducing the legislation.
Administrative burden was the topic of the fourth and final State Legislative Conference session. Michigan was joined by Pennsylvania, where each chapter discussed its work surrounding prior authorization and step therapy reform. Previous sessions covered primary care spend, payment reform, and a state roundtable. All sessions were recorded and can be reviewed here.
“The State Legislative Conference is an amazing avenue for chapters to share their success stories along with the challenges they’ve had to overcome regarding a number of topics,” said Matt. “It is because of these open discussions that states are able the share ideas and build upon the work we are all doing to bring positive change for family medicine, physicians, patients, and communities."