News & Announcements
When the House Health Policy committee met this week for the final time before lame duck, it heard testimony on three scope of practice or licensing bills;however, Senate Bill 826, which establishes education and licensure requirements for naturopaths, was not one of them.
MAFP is accpeting applications from active physician members interested in serving as a Michigan Delegate representing the perspetive of a new physician, woman physician, minority physician, LGBT physician/physician ally, or internaional medical graduate at the 2019 National Conference of Constitutency Leaders (NCCL), April 25-27, in Kansas City, Missouri.
To provide greater access and coordination of care for behavioral health and substance use disorder services, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed policy that, if approved, would require all providers to use a standard consent form (MDHHS-5515) when requesting release of information for behavioral health and/or substance use disorder related information.
New MBI in CHAMPS as of October 1
On October 1, 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing new Medicare Cards to people with Medicare in the state of Michigan. As of October 1, physicians and other healthcare professionals may begin to see the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in CHAMPS member eligibility screens. The MBI will also display in the 270/271 eligibility response if the beneficiary has an MBI on file in CHAMPS.
When the AAFP Congress of Delegates (CoD) convenes in New Orleans, October 8-10, Michigan will be represented by a full delegation and three resolutions put forth by MAFP will be among those considered.
As Michigan legislators in both chambers focus on district events and campaigns across the state, MAFP remains diligent in our advocacy efforts through the final session days of the year. This week provided one of the final opportunities for legislation to move prior to the November election and lame duck session.
Continuation of Healthy Michigan, the state's expanded Medicaid program, hinges on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' approval of an amended waiver that Governor Rick Snyder submitted to the agency on September 10.
This week during National Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week (September 16-21, 2018), the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive 70-bill package aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. Among the many provisions are allowing physicians to discuss opioid alternative pain medication with Medicare beneficiaries, providing funding for the National Institutes of Health to develop non-addictive pain medication, and improving access to treatment programs for substance use disorder.
Inform. Monitor. Document. That is the call to action Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, JD puts forth for every Family Physician and member of the healthcare team in the battle against the opioid epidemic. Nationally recognized as a game-changer in combating the epidemic, Judge Jodi shared her multi-disciplinary approach as the featured speaker of the five-city “Legalities & Realities: Michigan Opioid Laws to Live By” CME tour hosted by Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan.
Nearing the final step of the bona fide prescriber-patient rule making process, Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) submitted, on August 31, its proposed rule (JCAR 18-20) to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). MAFP testified in support of this rule during the public comment period in May, as it more clearly defines the bona fide relationship and provides guidance for exceptions.