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Maintenance of Certification Update

• House Bills 4134 and 4135, introduced by Representative Canfield address the on-going burden of requiring Maintenance of Certification for Physicians
• House Bill 4134 would add a section to Part 161 of the Public Health Code. The section would state that a physician does not need to maintain a national or regional certification not specifically required in Article 15 of the Public Health Code before receiving a Michigan license.
• House Bill 4135 would add a section to Chapter 22 (The Insurance Contract) of the Insurance Code of 1956 to provide that an insurer or health maintenance organization (HMO) may not require a physician to maintain a national or regional certification not specifically
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o A 20% savings for drivers with $500,000 worth of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. o A 10% savings for unlimited coverage and a 35% savings for a retiree with full life-time health care.
• Requires the state to regulate any rate increases for the next five years.
• Sets medical fees at either 100% or 125% of the rates charged for Medicare patients for medical services provided by health care providers to victims of car crashes.
• Allows senior citizens to use their Medicare coverage, rather than auto insurance, to cover medical bills, leading to average savings of $800.00-$1,000.00 a year.
• The bill advanced to the House floor for consideration last week.

Opioid Diversion Update
• In March, Governor Rick Snyder joined with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and a group of bi-partisan legislators to unveil a comprehensive legislative strategy focused on building on the state’s current efforts to tackle the opioid crisis.
• The new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) launched in April, providing physicians with a user-friendly portal to easily obtain information of controlled substances and Schedule 2-5 drugs that have previously been dispensed to a patient.
• The previously introduced legislation includes: o Senate Bill 166- Require prescribers to obtain reports from MAPS before prescribing or dispensing Schedule 2 through 5 controlled substances to a patient (sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker). (SECOND
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