State Rep. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township) today cosponsored a bill to exempt hospice care providers from complying with bills introduced last year requiring health care providers to query the Michigan automated prescription system (MAPS), which was created to track controlled substances, and obtain a report from MAPS before prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance.
Last year’s bills were intended to combat the state’s opioid epidemic and eliminate doctor shopping, the process of seeing multiple treatment providers, either during a single illness episode or to procure prescription medications illicitly. LaSata fully supports the efforts to put an end to the opioid crisis, however, she says the specific mandate should not pertain to hospice providers because patients there are admitted for end-of-life care.
“Hospice and palliative care providers already have the delicate task of ensuring pain symptom relief for the terminally ill,” said LaSata, “The state cannot impede their ability to adequately care for their suffering patients. This legislation helps address that.”
House Bill 5668 was referred to the House Health Policy Committee.