Licensing and Regulatory Updates

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) recently published updated rules related to hospitals. Those updates include the following:

  • Final EMS Life Support Agencies and Medical Control Rule: The final rule, effective May 19, 2023, discontinues the Certificate of Need of air ambulance services and updates the medical care requirements for air ambulance services.
  • Final Center Fill Pharmacies Rule: The final rule, effective May 19, 2023, updates record timelines for keeping prescriptions on file and defining central fill and shared pharmacy services.
  • Draft Board of Nursing – General Rules: The latest Board of Nursing draft rules address the NCLEX examination, clarify nursing education program requirements and continuing education, and modify the nurse professional fund scholarship program requirements.

Members with questions should contact Renée Smiddy at the MHA.

MHA Webinar Series Reviews Critical Access Hospitals CMS CoPs Requirements

Critical access hospitals (CAHs) that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments must follow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The CMS Critical Access Hospital Manual has seen multiple changes to regulations and interpretive guidelines. Since a hospital’s payment is based on compliance with the conditions, it is imperative hospitals make the necessary changes to remain in compliance.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar series Critical Access Hospitals Conditions of Participation: Ensuring Compliance is a five-part series that will review in detail the updated requirements and changes for CAHs. The webinars are scheduled for Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7 and 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Members can register for individual sessions for $195 or the full series for $780.

Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.