The MOA is monitoring updates and recommendations from MDHHS, CDC, World Health Organization and local health agencies.
If you have any comments or questions for the MOA, please use the link below to contact the MOA directly and we will respond accordingly. 

Comments or questions? Contact the MOA

 


COVID-19 Volunteers

The MOA has received a number of calls from members looking for ways to volunteer their skills. Michigan.gov has created a webpage with links for volunteers and donations. The www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19 site has options for Healthcare Providers, Public Health & Community volunteers. The site also links for donating PPE materials and a link to the Red Cross for blood donations. 


Personal Protective Equipment Donations

As many news reports have stressed, there is a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) healthcare responders need in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare facilities across the state are asking for assistance to help protect healthcare workers and limit the spread of the virus.

Here are the materials most needed at this time:

  • Disposable face masks

  • N95 masks, sometimes called respirators

  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles

  • Disposable gowns

  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex

  • Disposable surgical caps

  • Disposable foot covers

  • Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial

  • Hand sanitizer

More specialized items:

  • Ventilators
  • Nasal testing swabs
  • Viral testing kits

In order to ensure the supplies are distributed efficiently and to the areas of greatest need, donations can be directed to the Michigan Community Service Commission at [email protected] or call (517) 335-4295.


March 25, 2020 — COVID-19 UPDATE:The MDHHS has issued a Memorandum 

MDHHS recently ordered that all health professionals should conduct testing for the Novel Coronavirus in accordance with the COVID-19 prioritization criteria published by MDHHS. This letter informs you of three changes to this system.

1. Change in Prioritization Criteria
2. Expansion of access to PUI authorization
3. Reminder about MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) submissions
Read the full memorandum here
The Michigan COVID-19 Laboratory Emergency Response Network (MI-CLERN) provider hotline (888-277-9894)

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus 
For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily. 


The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) continues to monitor the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While the immediate risk of exposure for the residents of Michigan remains relatively low, the MOA encourages all residents to follow recommendations to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The MOA conducts daily meetings to study updates to the situation in Michigan and stay informed on how other states are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19. In an effort to provide accurate information on the various issues surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak to MOA members, we have created a webpage to aggregate information: 

MOA COVID-19 Information & Resources

CORONAVIRUS HOTLINES
MDHHS Coronavirus General Information (8am-5pm daily): 888-535-6136
MDHHS COVID-19 Emergency Laboratory Network Hotline 888-277-9894 

Centers for Disease Control: 800-232-4636


Prior Authorization Reform 

The Michigan State Senate has recently held to committee hearings regarding prior authorization. SB 612 will go a long way towards easing the confusion and delays providers and patients encounter due to prior authorization requirements. The MOA urges our members and supporters to take action. Use the links on this page to review the issue. Then, contact your legislators and let them know you support SB 612. Our patients deserve timely care and as physicians, we can use more time to treat our patients and less time dedicated to navigating complex requirements.
Be sure to share the link to “approvemycare.org” with friends and colleagues. Your support is greatly appreciated.
- Craig Glines, DO, MSBA, FACOOG
President Michigan Osteopathic Association

Restrictive prior authorization requirements often force patients to delay much-needed care and put a strain on the physician-patient relationship. These requirements also put a strain on a physician's practice - requiring additional administrative work to get important procedures and prescriptions approved for patients. That means more money going towards administrative work instead of patient care. 

That's why we need you to reach out to your State Senators and ask them to support Michigan Senate Bill 612. This legislation would go a long way toward streamlining the prior-authorization process by making it more transparent and creating strict timelines for approval. The bill achieves this goal by requiring insurers to: 

- Post prior-authorization requirements on their public website. These requirements should be described in detail, use easily understandable language, and be based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria. 

- Post statistics regarding prior-authorization on their website.

- Ensure that any adverser determination is made by a licensed physician who practices in the same specialty as the provider who would normally perform or prescribe the treatment in question.

- Respond to "urgent" requests within 24 hours and "non-urgent" requests within 48 hours. If requests are not responded to in that time frame they are considered granted 

Michigan Senate Bill 612 will not solve every problem associated with prior authorization, but it will go a long way to alleviating the burden it places on your practice and your patients. Write your Senator today and ask them to support SB 612!

ApproveMyCare

Be heard

Prior Authorization requirements and step therapy can delay medical procedures and cause complications in patient access to quality care. As a physician, health care provider, patient or family of a patient, if you have experienced delay or denial of medical care due to insurance requirements we want you to be heard. If you would like to share your story—either in writing, audio or video—we want to hear from you. 

Share your story of delayed healthcare

 

 

 

UPDATE Feb. 6, 2020:
The  hearings on SB 612 by the Senate Committee on Health Policy & Human Services have been very successful in educating the committee members and public about the challenges with current prior authorization and its impact on access to health care. Patients have shared compelling personal stories on how these current practices are delaying and denying care.  We hope continued patient stories will move the needle for successful discussions and negotiations in the coming weeks.
- Kevin McKinney, MOA Governmental Liaison


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This document analyzes: SB0612
 
Contact Your Legislator regarding SB 612

Economic Impact Report:

Healthcare Michigan’s largest provider of direct, private-sector jobs

The Partnership for Michigan’s Health reports that healthcare directly employed nearly 602,000 Michigan residents in 2018, demonstrating that healthcare continues to be the largest private-sector employer in the state. The 2020 edition of The Economic Impact of Healthcare in Michigan shows that direct healthcare workers in Michigan earned $39.3 billion that year in wages, salaries and benefits. Hospitals alone employ more than 234,000 individuals in the state.

The Economic Impact Report is actually an interactive app that where users can easily sort data by regions, counties and Congressional districts. It also includes a glossary explaining the various terms used in the data displays. MHA Econ

The data was compiled and presented by the Partnership for Michigan’s Health, which consists of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

The results clearly illustrate that healthcare is Michigan’s largest creator of direct, private-sector jobs — jobs that continue to provide employment opportunities for residents statewide.

Economic Impact Report

Revised FAQ on Michigan Opioid Laws

MARCH 6, 2019 – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) have released an updated ‘Michigan Opioid Laws, Frequently Asked Questions’, document.

 Changes to the document include additional guidance specific to Health Profession Subfield Licensees and can be found in the following location in the PDF:

  • Page 7, FAQ #5
    • Subsection “c” added.
  • Page 13, FAQ #9
    • Subsections “c” and “d” added. Additionally, the links to Michigan statute that were previously broken have been fixed.

 Additionally, the links to Michigan statute that were previously broken have been fixed. Click on the button below to access the PDF file, Michigan Opioid Laws FAQ.

LARA Michigan Opioid Laws FAQ (PDF)

LARA Updated Regulations: Bona Fide Prescriber-Patient Relationship

Bona Fide Relationship Requirement Law. Public Act 247 of 2017, MCL § 333.7303a(2), requires that except as provided in exceptions detailed in administrative rules, a prescriber must be in a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship with a patient before prescribing a schedule 2-5 controlled substance ("CS"). The Michigan legislature delayed the effective date of the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship requirement to the earlier of (a) March 31, 2019, or (b) the date administrative rules describing the exceptions to the requirement are promulgated. Public Act 247 also requires the prescriber to provider certain follow-up care to the patient to monitor the efficacy of the CS in treating the patient's medical condition. Failure to comply with the bona fide relationship requirement is considered professional misconduct and may subject the prescriber to professional discipline.

Effective Date. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ("LARA") has now published a rule, effective January 4, 2019, describing exceptions to the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship requirement. Promulgation of this rule means that the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship requirement of MCL § 333.7303a is in effect as of January 4, 2019, for all practitioners who prescribe schedule 2-5 CS.
Link: LARA Updates: Bona Fide Prescriber-Patient Relationship

 

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Opioid Prescribers' Legislative Alert

On December 27, 2017, the Lieutenant Governor signed into law several new requirements aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. The MOA is part of a coalition that is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide input from healthcare professionals in regards to the laws, regulations and systems used by prescribers. 

For MOA members, a page has been created with an overview, a link to a summary (PDF) and a link to a survey designed to get feedback from the MOA membership.

Opioid Alert page (MOA login page)
Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) - User Support Manual