MDHHS: State departments leverage $1 million in federal funds to advance patient care improvements, continue health systems integrations

Posted on September 17, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced on Sept. 13 that in conjunction with Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), they have gathered more than $1 million in federal funds to continue the statewide integration of electronic health record (EHR) systems and pharmacy dispensation systems with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS). MAPS is a tool used by prescribers and dispensers to combat the misuse of prescription drugs by assessing patient risk and preventing drug abuse at the prescriber, pharmacy and patient level, and funding has been available since 2017 to assist hospitals and other providers with integrating it into their EHRs. Additional grant funding and the ongoing partnership with MDHHS and LARA will allow this project to extend to August 31, 2020.

Brian Peters, MHA CEO, is featured in the announcement discussing the importance of enabling providers to continue to administer safe and efficient care to patients through exercising greater caution before prescribing opioids.

“The Michigan Health & Hospital Association and our member hospitals appreciate the partnership of both MDHHS and LARA on MAPS integration and funding,” said Peters. “This one-year extension of financial support for system integration will assist providers in providing care safely and efficiently and allow them to quickly assess their patients before prescribing a controlled substance or opioid prescription.”

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