Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing: Michigan Edition

Program Description

Opioid related deaths from prescription medications have been called a health crisis.  In response, Michigan’s lawmakers and medical licensing board passed Public Acts 246 – 255 of 2017 aimed at safe and effective opioid prescribing for patients with acute pain.This three-hour learning activity provides instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and requirements delineated in Michigan’s law. It also provides tools and resources to assist in educating staff and informing patients.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Determine who in your practice qualifies as a requestor and their requirements for registration in the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
  • Assess your practice for changes necessary to comply with the controlled substance prescribing rules defined by Michigan’s Public Acts 246 – 255 of 2017 that became effective June 1, 2018. 
  • Discuss with patients the risks associated with controlled substance treatments outlined on the START Talking consent form.
  • Use guidelines, websites, and other resources to assist in educating office staff and patients about the requirements.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 

Course Developers

Ernie Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates three hours for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The Doctors Company is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.

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The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for 3.0 continuing education credit(s). Dentists should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course ID#: TDE 18020.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 08/30/2018
Expiration Date for This Activity: 12/01/2019


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

If you have questions, contact or call 800.421.2368, extension 1243.