Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing - Michigan Edition


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.

Course ID #: TDE 190640.0 Issue Date: 12-02-2019 Expiration Date: 12-02-2022


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.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

Howard Marcus, FACP, Internal Medicine, The Doctors Company Texas Physician Advisory Board Chairman

Robert Morton, CPHRM, CPPS, Assistant Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Susan Boisvert, BSN, MHSA, CPPS, CPHRM, FASHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Professional Education, The Doctors Company

Ernie Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of 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 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 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. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

The Doctors Company designates this activity for one 3 continuing education credits.

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.


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