LARA Rules Requiring Implicit Bias Training Take Effect June 1

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) revised Public Health Code Rules requiring implicit bias training for all professions licensed or registered under the Public Health Code, except for Veterinary Medicine, effective June 1.

First-time applicants for licensure or registration must have completed a minimum of two hours of implicit bias training within the previous five years.

Beginning June 1, those renewing licenses or registrations must complete one hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle. However, for renewal applications submitted between the rule’s promulgation date of June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022, only one hour of training is required. This includes licensees whose 90-day renewal window includes June 1, 2022. For example, a license scheduled for renewal in August 2022 can be renewed in May, requiring only one hour of training regardless of the length of the license or registration cycle. Subsequent renewals would require an hour of training for each year of the license or renewal cycle.

Documentation of this training must be retained for six years from the date of applying for licensure, registration or renewal. The department retains the right to audit licensees or registrants and request documentation of completion of training.

The department released a frequently asked questions document for implicit bias training, which includes clarification that trainings with prerecorded videos must also provide opportunities for interaction between participants and the instructor. Therefore, prerecorded videos without instructor interaction would not satisfy the implicit bias training standard.

Members with questions related to implicit bias training requirements may contact the Bureau of Professional Licensing. For more information, contact Renée Smiddy at the MHA.

Explore How the American Rescue Plan Will Affect Healthcare

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) represents one of the largest fiscal advances to state and local government budgets in history. With appropriate strategic planning, these funds, along with the ARP’s other allocations for public health, education, infrastructure and mass transit agencies, can stabilize, revitalize and position communities for not only short-term benefits but a strong long-term future.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar The Impact of the American Rescue Plan on Hospitals and Health Systems will review how these healthcare organizations are impacted by the ARP funds and what providers can do to best position themselves to benefit from the act.

The webinar is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 9, and members can register for a connection fee of $195. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Aug. 19 Webinar to Inform LGBTQ+ Data Collection

To address the lack of data on LGBTQ+ patients and address health inequities, the Michigan Public Health Institute and the MHA Keystone Center are hosting a webinar titled LGBTQ+ Informed Care: It Starts with Data from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19.

Experts on this topic will present on the need for healthcare organizations to collect patient demographic information securely and consistently to effectively address LGBTQ+ health issues and disparities. Speakers include Mixhi Marquis, LMT, executive director and co-founder, Mosaic Health & Healing Arts</a>; Judy Lewis, training and education manager, SAGE Metro Detroit</a>; and MaryJo Schnell, executive director, OutCenter of Southwest Michigan.

The event speakers will also discuss the significant amount of work that remains to protect LGBTQ+ Michiganders from discrimination in healthcare, particularly in rural and small-town communities.

Visit the MHA Keystone Center event webpage to learn more about registration and speakers for the webinar. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.