Psychiatric Bed Registry Bill Moves to House Floor
Posted on February 15, 2018
On Feb. 14, the House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.) reported out House Bill (HB) 5439, which requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to create an inpatient psychiatric bed registry. The proposed legislation is one of the Community Access Resources Education and Safety (CARES) Task Force recommendations.
Intended to facilitate timely transfer and admission into an inpatient psychiatric bed, the registry would establish an online list of open psychiatric beds that inpatient psychiatric hospitals would update regularly as patients are discharged and beds become available. HB 5439 is intended to improve patient care, ease overcrowding in emergency rooms, and expedite the process of connecting patients with psychiatric hospitals and hospital units.
The MHA has been working with the MDHHS on the concept of an online “bed board” for psychiatric inpatient bed availability, and several MHA members have given input on an effective design and process. Work with the MDHHS is expected to continue over the next several months, and there will be more opportunity for member input. For more information, contact Laura Appel at the MHA.
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