New treatment forms aim to improve end-of-life patient care

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Laura Cox requiring the development of a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form has been signed into law by the governor. A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment choices are given the respect they…

Tedder seeks to improve end-of-life care for Michigan patients

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder to improve end-of-life care for patients in health care settings by developing a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form was approved by the Michigan Senate. A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment…

McCready supports legislation to protect recovering opioid addicts

State Rep. Mike McCready has cosponsored legislation to continue the Legislature’s fight against Michigan’s rising opioid epidemic. The legislation would allow Michigan residents to sign a medical directive to ensure they are not given opioids under any circumstances. Individuals who struggle with addiction may need this resource to ensure they do not experience a relapse…

Lucido supports legislation to protect recovering opioid addicts

State Rep. Peter Lucido has cosponsored legislation to continue the Legislature’s fight against Michigan’s rising opioid epidemic. The legislation would allow Michigan residents to sign a medical directive to ensure they are not given opioids under any circumstances. Individuals who struggle with addiction may need this resource to ensure they do not experience a relapse…

Tedder bills allow physicians to be licensed in multiple states

House approves measure with overwhelming support The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder establishing a process to allow physicians to become licensed in multiple states today. Under this legislation, a licensed physician who meets certain eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply for an expedited license that authorizes…

Rep. Lucido advocates for state database of health facilities

Legislator: Patients need ease of access to make informed health care decisions State Rep. Peter Lucido today testified before the House Health Policy Committee advocating for a bill he introduced requiring the state to provide a database of health facilities and agencies to be accessed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. The…

House panel advances Bellino bill to protect minors from opioid addiction

Six-bill package receives unanimous, bipartisan support State Rep. Joe Bellino’s legislation to help protect minors from opioid addition was approved today by the House Health Policy Committee with a show of unanimous, bipartisan support. Part of a six-bill package focused on combating the opioid drug epidemic, Bellino’s legislation requires medical professionals to consult with parents…

Rep. Reilly proposes abortion reporting law upgrades

Young woman’s death prompts revision State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland, introduced legislation to upgrade a 1999 Michigan law designed to track injuries and deaths caused by abortion. “The tragic death of a young woman in Battle Creek in 2016 that resulted from a failed abortion revealed a weakness in the current reporting law,” Reilly…

Rep. Bellino bill to require consent for opioid prescriptions

State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, has submitted legislation to help protect minors from opioid addiction. Bellino’s bill requires medical professionals to consult with parents or guardians when an opioid-based medication may be prescribed to a minor under the age of 18, including discussion of the risks and potential for addiction from using the medication….

Rep. Bizon biosimilar bill out of committee

Today, the Michigan House Health Policy Committee passed a bill to amend the public health code to regulate biosimilar drugs. House Bill 4812, introduced by Rep. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, now moves on to the House floor. “Biosimilar medications offer patients a more affordable treatment alternative to biologics with similar effects,” Rep. Bizon said. “The…