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June 1 Deadline for New Prescribing Requirements: 5 Readiness Tips

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Beginning June 1, 2018, key changes in the law are slated to take effect that will impact the prescribing practices of Michigan's physicians and other prescribers including interaction with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS). Below are five tips to make sure physicians and other prescribers are compliant with the upcoming requirements. Also, MSMS provides a variety of other prescribing resources and helpful information for physicians here.

TIP #1 - BeAware: Register for MAPS

If prescribing any schedule 2 to 5 controlled substance on or after June 1, 2018, Michigan prescribers must be registered with MAPS. MSMS has a tips sheet to get you started with your MAPs registration. You can also visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' MAPS webpage.

TIP #2 - BeAware: Query MAPS

On or after June 1, 2018, if prescribing any schedule 2 to 5 controlled substance in a quantity that exceeds a three-day supply, Michigan prescribers must complete a mandatory MAPS check prior to writing the prescription. Read the FAQs published by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for more information on this process and others.

TIP #3 - BeAware: MDHHS Opioid Start Talking Form for Minors and Adults

When prescribing a controlled substance that is an opioid, Michigan prescribers must provide specified information such as the dangers and risks of using opioids and obtain a patient’s signature (or the parent or guardian if a minor). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services created a combined consent form to be used with both minor and adult patients. Download your copy of the form today.

TIP #4 - BeAware: Proper Disposal of Medications

In addition to informing patients about certain dangers and risks associated with opioids, prescribers are required to talk to their patients about proper and safe disposal of the opioids that are prescribed to them. MSMS has a printable medication disposal tool available for download or is happy to send copies to your office to use as a tool with your patients. Visit to sign up to receive your copies.

TIP #5 - BeAware: MSMS Resources

Check out the MSMS website where physicians and their staff have a "one-stop-shop" for resources related to the new prescribing laws, as well as links to key resources such as prescribing guidelines, disposal recommendations, regulatory agencies, educational resources, statistics and reports, treatment locators, information for patients, and much more. Read the MSMS Opioid Alert for specific details on the new prescribing laws, including any exceptions.