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Traverse City Michigan Chapter

Traverse City, MI

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Risk Management
Speaker: Deb Cooper - Coverys
Date: 06/20/2018
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location: NMC University Center - Dendrinos Drive off of Cass Road near South Airport Road.


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Chapter News

04/24/2018 - New Opioid Law and It's Impact
Stacy Hettiger, director of Medical and Regulatory policy at Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) discussed the new Michigan Prescribing and Dispensing Laws for opioids and schedule II-V medications. The current timeline for changes is: May 31, 2018: All prescribers to register for MAPS (Michigan Automated Prescription System) June 1, 2018: Start date for mandatory MAPS query when prescribing controlled substances to any patient. Exemptions include prescriptions written for less than or equal to a 3-day supply and dispensing occurs in a hospital or surgical freestanding outpatient facility and is administered in the facility. June 1, 2018: Prior to prescribing an opioid, a prescriber or another health professional must provide information on the danger of opioid addition, how to properly dispose of an expired, unused or unwanted controlled substance, that the delivery of a controlled substance is a felony under Michigan Law and if the patient is pregnant or is a female of reproductive age, the short – and long-term effects of exposing a fetus to a controlled substance. July 1, 2018: Prescribers treating a patient for acute pain shall not prescribe the patient more than a 7-day supply of an opioid within a 7-day period. 3/31/2019: A prescriber must have a “bone fide prescriber-patient” relationship to prescribe controlled substances. “Bone fide prescriber-patient relationship” is defined as treatment or counseling relationship between a prescriber and a patient in which both of the following are present: The prescribe has reviewed the patient’s relevant medical or clinical records and completed a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical options, including a relevant medical evaluation of the patient conducted in person or via telehealth, and the prescribe has created and maintained records of the patient’s condition in accordance with medically accepted standards. There are a lot of questions that remain and MSMS is working to clarify for providers. These changes will have a lot of impact on patients as well as providers.

04/13/2018 - Managing Patient A/R & Best Practices to Maximizing Practice Cash Flow
David Keaton from Millenia Patient Services gave a great talk on Managing Patient A/R. Congratulations to Peter Robinson from Northern Vision Eye Care! He is the Traverse City Chapters' newest certified medical manager. Well done Peter! It's time again for our Spring Vendor Fair. Please join us on Friday, May 18th at the Hagerty Center. PAHCOM has extended the free membership "Gift" until April 30th. If you haven't already done so, please consider giving the free membership "Gift" to a fellow manager.

02/26/2018 - MACRA/MIPS 2018 Update
Mary Jannausch-Hooper, Executive Director of Northern Physician Organization gave us an update on MACRA and MIPS for 2018. What a great resource that we have in NPO and the ACO Northern Michigan Health Network. They work so hard to ensure that physician members in Northern Michigan receive the BCBS and Medicare Shared Savings uplift.


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