Michigan Opioid Law FAQ Document Updated: On March 6, 2019, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released an updated version of their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide clarification regarding implementation of the Michigan opioid laws.
Information Issued on Emergency Rules for Reporting Opioid Overdoses: A new set of emergency rules require hospitals to report opioid overdose statistics to the MDHHS upon request. The rules are meant to inform the public health response to the substantial increase in cases of prescription and illicit drug overdoses. The MDHHS has released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to the emergency rules and the development of a permanent rule. Members with questions about the rules and/or the FAQs should contact Sarah Lyon-Callo in the Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health at (517) 284-2910.
New Medication Disposal Resources Available: One of the best ways individuals can fight the opioid epidemic while protecting the environment is to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medications. The resources below are ready to share with patients and more information is available on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality website.
How to Verify if Prescribers Have Registered for MAPS: Public Act 248 of 2017, which became effective on June 1, 2018, requires a licensed prescriber to register for MAPS before dispensing or prescribing a controlled substance. The state has developed a mechanism to verify if a licensed prescriber has registered for MAPS. To assist in ensuring all needed information is provided to state, the state has created a CSV template as a guide. The state of Michigan is requesting one point person per hospital system to avoid confusion. The MHA is collecting those names and will be turning them into the state. To turn in your health system’s point person or for more instructions on this process, email email@example.com.
Michigan Opioid Legislation Hospital Compliance Checklist Available: The Michigan Opioid Legislation Hospital Compliance Checklist was created to help guide MHA-member hospitals through the requirements of a package of bills signed into law last December in response to the opioid epidemic. Disclaimer: This document does not constitute legal advice. Please note that guidance from the state of Michigan is subject to change, and organizations are encouraged to contact legal counsel for legal advice.
Prescribing Guidelines Released for Surgeons, Emergency Departments & Dentists: The Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission released its prescribing recommendations for surgeons, emergency departments and dentists when treating acute pain. The 17-member commission was created by an executive order by Gov. Rick Snyder in June 2016 and is made up of health professionals, law enforcement officers, substance abuse treatment providers, government officials and citizens. The body serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and LARA.
Opioid Start Talking Form Now Available: The Opioid Start Talking Form from the Michigan Department of Health And Human Services is now available for providers. Public Act 246 of 2017 requires the use of a Start Talking Form on June 1, 2018. Download the Word template version of the form or access it under the Prescribers tab on the MDHHS's website. Contact the MHA or MDHHS with any questions.