Tell Congress to Support Medicare Coverage of Counselors!

Legislation has been introduced to allow counselors to participate in Medicare. NBCC needs your help to get this legislation passed! Contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286/H.R. 945). Support from counselors like you is crucial to getting this legislation passed. Please use the link below to call and email your senators and representatives and tell them why this legislation is so important. NBCC’s Government and Legislative Affairs Department has created draft messages for you, but we strongly urge you to add your personal experiences with this issue to be more effective.  It only takes a few minutes of your time and your support can make a significant impact on the profession! Thank you for your assistance!  TAKE ACTION!

LARA Reminder: Patient Record Requirements

July 25, 2018

The Bureau often receives complaints from individuals who are unable to obtain their medical records or about medical records that are mishandled by providers. We want to remind providers of the requirements to maintain and provide medical records.

Pursuant to Michigan law, MCL 333.16213, an individual licensed or registered under the Public Health Code must keep and maintain a record for each patient for whom they have provided medical services. Unless a longer retention period is required under federal or state laws or regulations, or by generally accepted standards of medical or professional practice, a licensee must keep and retain each record for a minimum of 7 years from the date of service for that patient. A licensee is obligated under statute to fulfill these requirements, even in the event a licensee sells or closes their practice, retires from practice, or otherwise ceases to practice.

A licensee that fails to comply with this requirement is subject to administrative action against their license, including a fine up to $10,000.00. Further details regarding a licensee’s obligation to maintain patient records can be found here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office via email at BPLHelp@michigan.gov.

Sincerely,

Bureau of Professional Licensing

Human Trafficking Information

There has been much confusion regarding the required training standards by the new Michigan Law regarding Human Trafficking.

It is difficult to determine what you are obligated to take to meet the state requirements.  If your only goal is to meet the minimum standards, then our training is probably not for you.

MMHCA decided to offer the best workshop available based on the laws outline. We created the best possible training available. Here is how we did it.

Dr. Jeremy Norwood who is on the faculty at Spring Arbor University was approached to develop the workshop. He used the stated language from the bill and developed an outline. We then looked at his extensive knowledge of the topic and decided to have him produce a powerful workshop based on his knowledge and experiences.

Go to our website for more information regarding Dr. Norwood and what you will learn in the workshop.

In addition to his extensive work in this arena, every year he takes a group of students to Asia to study Human Trafficking. Dr. Norwood is presently in Cambodia with a group of students studying the sociological impact and its connection to US trafficking.

Those that have taken the workshop describe it as powerful and intense. They walk away with a greater understanding of the major impact and possible strategies for intervention.

Please consider our offering. It will change your life for the better. In addition, it qualifies for 6 hours of CEU’s and a certificate to prove your participation.

We encourage health professionals and graduate students to use our workshops for the best quality training in Michigan.