Legislative Policy Panel Hears from State Budget Office

Posted on May 30, 2018

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its final meeting of the program year May 24 and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals. The meeting was highlighted by a special presentation from Adam Carlson, senior advisor to the state budget director. Among the discussion topics was the status of the budget, potential uses for the one-time funding surplus reviewed at the recent revenue estimating conference, and the importance of communicating to lawmakers the benefits of the Healthy Michigan Plan. Panel members also received an update on Medicaid work requirements, auto no-fault insurance reform, the Health Insurance Claims Assessment replacement and the 2018 Health PAC fundraising campaign.

The panel recommended that the MHA oppose Senate Bill (SB) 890, which would require health facilities and local health departments to establish a violence prevention program. While Michigan hospitals remain committed to reducing the number of workplace violence incidents in healthcare facilities, the MHA opposes SB 890 as introduced because those decisions should continue to be made at the local level. Member hospitals currently have best practice policies in place that aim to reduce violence and need flexibility to choose where their resources on this issue will be the most impactful.

The panel recommended that the MHA support SB 842, which would require hospice service providers to establish a written controlled substance disposal policy. The intent of the bill is to mitigate the risk of diversion and ensure that unneeded medication is disposed of in a safe manner. The MHA supports the safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted medication immediately to protect people and the environment.

The panel recommended the MHA oppose House Bill 5857. This bill would require schedule II controlled substances to be dispensed in an alphanumeric or numeric combination code prescription vial. While the MHA supports innovative approaches to address the opioid crisis, this bill is not designed to address the root cause of the problem.

Members who are interested in serving on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel during the next program year should complete the online request to serve form. For more information, contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.

Tags: MHA Legislative Policy, workplace violence, 2019 State Healthcare Budget, opioid epidemic

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare

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