Michigan House Acts on Healthcare Bills

Posted on April 12, 2019

Michigan capitol buildingThe full state House of Representatives passed two clean-up bills related to the opioid bill package regarding hospice patients that passed during the last session. MHA-supported House Bills (HBs) 4224 and 4225 would exempt hospice patients from the requirement that a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship exist before a prescriber could prescribe Schedule II-V controlled substances. The bills also lift the requirement that a prescriber obtain and review a Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) report before prescribing or dispensing more than a three-day supply of a controlled substance to a hospice patient, providing a report was initially run on admittance. The bills are expected to be taken up in the Senate during the week of April 15, and additional information about opioid legislation is available on the MHA’s Opioid Epidemic webpage.

The House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), heard testimony on MHA-supported HB 4042. This bill would allow Michigan to enter the Nurse Licensure Compact, which provides an expedited pathway for qualified nurses to obtain multistate licensure privilege to practice in multiple states. A timeline for movement on this bill has not been set. For more information, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.


  • Michigan House Acts on Healthcare Bills

Tags: opioid, House Health Policy Committee, prescription drugs, hospice

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare, Top Issues - Healthcare

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