Michigan Postpones E-prescribing Mandate

September 21, 2021 - Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has revised the effective date for the state’s new electronic prescribing mandate—which requires prescribers to electronically submit all prescriptions to the patient’s chosen pharmacy—moving it from Oct. 1, 2021, to Jan. 1, 2022.

Why the Date Change?

This date change was made to align the state’s e-prescribing requirement, per Public Act 134 of 2020, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) similar requirement. While Oct. 1, 2021, marked the implementation date for CMS’ requirement, the agency is not enforcing its requirement until Jan. 1, 2022. As of that date, physicians who are not in compliance will be penalized.

MAFP is Working for You

For several months, MAFP’s advocacy team has been working to secure an amendment to House Bill 4659 that calls for exempting dispensing prescribers from the e-prescribing mandate and moving the effective date to March 2022. (See MAFP Testifies in Support of E-prescribing Legislation)

As we were preparing to testify before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee in support of our amendment request, LARA informed us the amendment would not be needed, as it is now using CMS’ compliance date of Jan. 1, 2022, as Michigan’s enforcement date.

What This Means for You

This postponement will allow LARA time to establish rules for providing exemptions from PA 134 of 2020 due to technology or financial hardships that create barriers to physicians e-prescribing. MAFP will continue to keep members informed as the rule making process continues for exempting prescribers who obtain a waiver through CMS by making them eligible for a waiver from LARA.

Questions? Contact MAFP Director of Government Relations, Matt Black, at [email protected]