MHA Legislative Policy Panel Opposes House Bills, Supports Heart Subcommittee
Posted on December 07, 2017
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel recently convened its second meeting of the 2017-2018 program year and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals. Among the discussion topics were auto no-fault insurance reform, concealed carry in gun-free zones, and the state of Michigan’s initiative to develop a single, streamlined set of licensing rules for all current healthcare facilities.
The panel recommended that the MHA join a legislative workgroup, led by the American Heart Association, charged with establishing a statewide Cardiovascular/Stroke Advisory Subcommittee within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed subcommittee would be responsible for providing expertise to develop and promulgate rules for the operation of statewide Systems of Care for Acute Cardiovascular Conditions within the emergency medical services system. Since implementing coordinated systems of care improves patient outcomes, the MHA will support the Heart Association’s efforts.
The panel recommended that the MHA oppose House Bills (HBs) 5217-5219 as introduced, which would establish state medical service transportation protocols, such as favoring ground transportation and requiring hospitals to provide cost and benefit information to a patient before ordering air transportation. The panel opposed the bill package, since it will hinder patient care by requiring physicians to focus on factors other than what is best for the patient when making time-sensitive medical decisions.
The panel also recommended that the MHA oppose HB 5076 as introduced. The bill would prohibit a physician from issuing written or oral medical orders to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a patient without first obtaining consent. Michigan hospitals have individual policies on obtaining consent before withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment and issuing do-not-resuscitate orders. Panel members expressed concern that this bill will have a negative effect on end-of-life treatment discussions with patients and their family members. For more information, contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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