5 Things Michigan: Legislative Update, Fentanyl Cocaine Overdoses, Child Crisis Stabilization Purchases – The Case for Fix

Here’s this month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” on the Michigan health policy landscape, including some of the legislation we’re monitoring, new data and recommendations from MDHHS on rising opioid overdose rates, and information on state purchases of crisis child stabilization providers.

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1. Major health bills on the move

a law Project To cover certain telemedicine services under the Medicaid and Michigan Health Program he moved to the Senate floor last week, where the vote is now awaited. It would require Medicaid and HMP to authorize as many types of telemedicine providers as possible to provide telemedicine services, and would also require coverage for voice-only telemedicine services. MHA He said This bill “…will continue virtual care policies that have proven effective and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

a law Project To prevent health care providers from providing non-emergency care to minors without parental consent, the House passed last week by a 58-21 vote. The MHA said they would oppose further action on the legislation and are concerned with “…how the new language might affect patient care.” Other bills in progress We keep tabs SB 811which aims to increase the number of licensed speech-language pathologists in the state, and SB 450which prevents the state from banning hospital visits for more than 30 days.

2. Introducing new health legislation

Representative Sarah Leitner recently presented legislation Outlines licensing requirements and operating standards for supplemental nursing services agencies in the country. Bill may need SNSA to provide information on all individuals who have ownership in the agency and develop a plan to keep records of their activity to be made available to MDHSS. It will also require SNSA nurses to meet all applicable licensing requirements for a particular position and prevent SNSA from restricting employment opportunities for them.

Recently introduced law Project Some rural emergency hospitals will be allowed to apply for temporary cleaning of their beds in order to be identified Rural Emergency Hospital the condition. REH . set Permits for these facilities To receive enhanced federal financial support for the provision of outpatient and emergency services.


3. What they’re watching: Scott Monteith, Health Choices Beacon

In this version of the “What They Watch” series, Scott Monteith, the former regional medical director of Bacon Health Options, said one of his top priorities is integrating physical and behavioral health care. He also said he was focusing on enhancing value-based payment models, supporting IT integration, credential processing, and other tasks that come with care integration.

he added Manara is working with the state on its approach to behavioral health policy. “The state is now in the process of discovering their behavioral health efforts, and we look forward to supporting the choices people in Michigan make about behavioral health.”

4. Overdoses of cocaine containing fentanyl on the rise

new data from MDHHS shows that EMS responses to overdoses of fentanyl-bound cocaine were 33% higher in 2021 than in 2020. MDHHS also noted the rate of multiple opioid overdose events – with EMS officers experiencing more than one overdose on arrival. To the scene — it has increased over the past year. The number of overdoses from multiple opioids involving cocaine has increased from 20.5% in 2021 to 30.2% as of April 2022.

To mitigate these increased levels of opioid-related deaths, MDHHS recommend Organizations are working to raise awareness of the danger of cocaine associated with fentanyl and provide education about symptoms of overdose and how to use naloxone to reverse them. The department also encourages the promotion of harm reduction messages, increased availability of fentanyl test strips, and expansion of the mandate. EMS Leave Behind Naloxone Program.


5. MDHHS purchases crisis stabilization service providers for children

Applications for the MI Kids Now Mobile Response Grant Currently open Until October 10. The RFP will purchase community mental health services programs that will provide mobile crisis response teams to youth in crisis, drawing on funding for children’s intensive crisis stabilization services earmarked for the FY2023 budget.

“Awarding these grants will allow CMHSPs to develop staff at the local level and increase access to this service,” MDHHS said reform case. “…MDHHS responds to the needs of children, youth and families by increasing access to mobile response services as part of creating a broader continuum of crisis services.” The scholarship period will run from January 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023, and will provide awardees with up to $200,000.

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