The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, April 27, 2018
Quitline offers free resources to help patients stop tobacco 
The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is offering free telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy to all residents through May 31.

New callers to the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will receive a free two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches or lozenges to help quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Callers seeking nicotine replacement therapy must be 18 years or older, and meet basic health requirements. Enrollees will be connected with a coach who will assist in setting a quit date, choosing a nicotine replacement product and creating an individual quit plan. The coach provides up to four telephone coaching sessions.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service providing free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare,
veterans, cancer patients and American Indians.

The Quitline offers English, Arabic and Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as interpretive
services for a wide variety of languages. Patients can call the Quitline at (800) QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Physician practices can click here for more information.  
Michigan Automated Prescribing System explained at seminar
Providers who prescribe controlled substances can learn more about the Michigan Automated Prescribing System (MAPS) at an education seminar on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12-1:30pm at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield.

The program seeks to provide an overview of the Michigan Automated Prescribing System (MAPS), including utilizing the system's updated features effectively and appropriately employing system features in clinical practice. Discussion will also include how integration between prescription drug monitoring systems and electronic medical records occur and what resources are available to facilitate this integration, and describe the impact utilizing MAPS has on the opioid epidemic.

Space is limited for in-person, however, a call-in/webinar option is also available. For more information, view the flyer. Register by contacting Beth Breyer, provider relations representative at Partners in Care, at or (586) 753-0926.  
Blue Care Network webinar focuses on Health e-Blue 
Blue Care Network and Partners in Care are hosting a webinar on Health e-Blue training. The webinar, held on Tuesday, May 15 at noon, will include an overview of how to use Health e-Blue, review of how to generate a physician's patient panel, run a report for treatment opportunities by condition, enter data into Health e-Blue, and more. Click here to download an informational flyer.

Register by contacting Beth Breyer, provider relations representative at Partners in Care, at or (586) 753-0996.  
Mandatory requirements for prescribing controlled substances
Starting June 1, 2018, it will be mandatory for physicians to check the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) if prescribing controlled substances in a quantity that exceeds a 3-day supply. Physicians must be registered in MAPS before prescribing controlled substances.  
Michigan allocated approximately $2 million for statewide integration of MAPS into electronic medical record systems. Providers can apply for funding to assist with costs associated with integration with their electronic medical record system.   
Practices interested in receiving funding support with MAPS integration should complete a request form. This helps MAPS know which EMR provider to approach for a practice connection. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs can also assist practices in instances where the EMR vendor may want to charge additional fees for integration.     
For additional information on MAPS and funding support, please visit the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs site.  
BCBSM hosts provider forums in May
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network provider forums begin in May. Some session content will be geared to physician office staff who are responsible for closing gaps related to quality measures and coding, and additional sessions are for all office personnel and cover topics such as new provider service model, authorizations, e-referrals and more. 

Participants can register for the full day or choose to attend just the morning or afternoon session. For more information on these forums, including dates and locations, click here.  
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