New Laws Streamline Hospice Patient Care

Posted on July 09, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two MHA-supported bills July 8 that will amend the opioid bill package passed last session. Public Act (PA) 42 of 2019 and PA 43 of 2019 will exempt hospice patients from the requirement that a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship exist before a Schedule II-V controlled substance is prescribed. 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 at the time of admittance.

The bipartisan two-bill package was introduced by Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing). The bills received unanimous support in both the House and Senate and were quickly signed into law by the governor.

The MHA believes this legislation will improve end-of-life care for hospice patients without risk to patient or public safety. Members with questions should contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

Tags: MAPS, opioid, hospice, controlled substance, exempt

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