Posted on June 23, 2017
Before leaving for the summer break, the Michigan House sent the Senate a package of MHA-supported bills regarding physician orders for scope of treatment (POST). A POST form is a physician’s order that allows patients to provide information about their wishes for end-of-life healthcare. House Bills 4170, 4171, 4173 & 4174 would establish guidelines for the POST medical decision-making program.
In other action at the state Capitol, Randy DeGroot, president and CEO, Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC), Coldwater, testified before the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), in support of Senate Bill (SB) 450. This bill would allow facilities such as the municipally owned CHC to restructure as nonprofit corporations, permitting them to merge with larger, nonprofit health systems. DeGroot explained that addressing population health needs while maintaining and expanding healthcare services in Branch County is challenging for a small, freestanding hospital. This legislation would give CHC the opportunity to partner with a health system that can assist in meeting the needs of Branch County residents. SB 450 was reported to the Senate floor and is expected to be voted on when the Senate meets June 28.
The full Senate sent bills to the House that are a part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package aimed at combating Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic. The MHA-supported SB 270 is among the bills. The MHA was a member of Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Taskforce, which made the recommendation for this legislation. SB 270 would require prescribers to review patient medical records and history, create and maintain records of a patient’s medical condition, and ensure a plan for follow-up care is in place before prescribing Schedule II-V controlled substances to a patient.
Another MHA-supported bill, SB 360, which would allow pharmacies to dispense up to a 90-day supply of a prescription drug at one time, was sent to the House. This bill would help to achieve better medical outcomes due to higher medication adherence. Members with questions should contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.
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