The Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society is a professional membership organization for Athletic Trainers (AT), Athletic Training students, and others who seek to advance the profession of Athletic Training in the State of Michigan. Athletic Trainers are recognized as allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, clinical evaluation and assessment, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.   

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GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Chair 

Matthew D. Hambleton, MSA, AT, ATC

mats.gac@gmail.com

The Governmental Affairs Committee of MATS (MATS GAC) is focused on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the practice of Athletic Training in the State of Michigan. The committee chair is Matt Hambleton, MSA, ATC.  Other members of MATS GAC are Marcus Ebejer, AT, ATC and Carrie Stevens, MBA, R.T.(T), (ARRT).

The Governmental Affairs Committee has the following Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Chair attends Executive Board meetings in a non-voting capacity at the request of the President.

  2. Oversees and coordinates activities relative to legislation, political action, and regulatory activity within the State.

  3. Annually reviews and analyzes all State regulatory bills

  4. Provides direction and assistance to the members in the areas of legislation, political action, and regulatory activity.

  5. Works collaboratively with the Professional Education Committee to provide educational programming regarding legislation, political action, and regulatory activity for the members.

  6. Coordinates and develops projects for the members that will enhance areas of legislation, political action, and regulatory activity.

  7. Communicates, educates, and assists with State efforts to obtain support from other medical professions.

  8. Serves as a member of the GLATA GAC.

  9. Assists the president with all financial considerations of the legislative process and grant applications by the State in coordination with the Finance Committee and Executive Board.

  10. Coordinator attends Executive Board meetings in a non-voting capacity 

  11. Submits an annual budget request per Finance Committee specified time lines.

  12. Provides a written report for presentation to the Executive Board at all scheduled meetings.

  13. Annually signs and submits the MATS Disclosure Statement, to be kept on file by the President.

  14. Provides additional duties as assigned by the President. 

NOTICE

On November 27th 2018, Senate Bill 1204 was introduced by Senator Stamas in Lansing. This Bill proposes amending sections 17905 and 17906 of the Public Health Code specific to Athletic Training Licensure. This is in direct response to the first aid requirement that currently resides in the law. The proposed change would remove specific continuing education requirement language from the law, granting the Athletic Training Licensing Board the ability to define those requirements in the administrative rules. This amendment aligns our language with other health care professionals in Michigan and grants the AT Board the ability to determine the specifics of how many continuing education units will be required and how licensed Athletic Trainers are able to fulfil those requirements.

We [MATS] felt this was an important move to make given the recent change in clarification on the first aid requirement from the licensing department.

Please understand that with legislative matters, especially given the move into a lame duck session, the [MATS] Executive Board understood fully that SB 1204 would not have movement this session. However, introduction now places us in line to be reintroduced early in the session next year giving us a greater opportunity to have this passed into law in 2019. We [MATS] are working closely with our lobbyist on this matter and will keep the MATS membership updated on any and all progress.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out directly at mats.pres@gmail.com

 

Sincerely,

Gretchen Goodman MA, AT, ATC

President, Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS)

SB 1204

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS

 

House Resolution 35 of 2019:  Sponsors include Representatives  

Diana Farrington, Ryan Berman, Cara Clemente, Kathy Crawford,  

Alex Garza, Jewell Jones, Nate Shannon, Tim Sneller, Joseph Tate,

Robert Wittenberg, and Angela Witwer

 

A resolution to declare March 2019 as Athletic Trainer Month in the state of Michigan.    

Whereas, Athletic trainers have a long history of providing quality health care for many types of patients and have acquired specific knowledge and skills through their nationally regulated educational processes; and    

Whereas, Athletic trainers provide for the treatment of an injury or illness through risk management and injury prevention, wellness promotion, clinical evaluation and assessment, immediate and emergency care, and through rehabilitation and reconditioning; and    

Whereas, The National Athletic Trainers Association represents and supports 45,000 members of the athletic training profession, and more than 1,600 licensed in the state of Michigan, employed in professional and Olympic sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics, rural and urban hospitals, urgent and ambulatory care centers, corporate and industrial settings, performing arts centers, military branches, police and fire departments and physician practices; and

Whereas, Leading organizations concerned with athletic training and health care have joined together in a common desire to raise public awareness of the importance of the athletic training profession and to emphasize the importance of quality health care within the aforementioned settings. Such an effort will promote the athletic training profession and provide compassionate health care for all; now, therefore, be it  

  

Resolved by the House of Representative, That the members of this legislative body declare March 2019 as Athletic Trainer Month in the state of Michigan. READ HERE

 

SENATE BILLS

 

Senate Bill 184 of 2019: Introduced by Senator Curt VanderWall on March 14, 2019.

Summary: Modifies continuing education hours and certain licensing requirements for athletic trainers.

Status: Passed the Senate on May 22, 2019 with 38 Yeas and 0 Nays. MORE HERE

 

Senate Bill 217 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Lana Theis on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require that a licensee or registrant shall not perform a medical treatment, procedure, or examination on a patient who is a minor that involves the vaginal or anal penetration of the minor unless all of the following are met:

  • The medical treatment is within the scope of practice of the licensee’s health profession;

  • A medical assistant or another licensee is in the room while the medical treatment is performed;

  • Before performing the medical treatment, the licensee obtains the written consent of a parent or guardian.

The previous subsection does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

  • If the medical treatment is necessary and is associated with an incident to a medical emergency;

  • If the medical emergency primarily relates to the patient’s urological, gastrointestinal, reproductive, gynecological, or sexual health;

  • If the medical treatment is performed at a children’s advocacy center;

  • If the medical treatment is performed for purposes of sexual assault medical forensic examination;

  • If the medical treatment is performed for purpose of measuring the patient’s temperature;

  • If the medical treatment is performed for purpose of rectally administering a drug or medicine.

The consent form must maintained in a patient’s medical record for not less than 15 years from the date the medical treatment was performed.

Status: Introduced on March 14, 2019.  MORE HERE

 

 

HOUSE BILLS

 

 

House Bill 4334 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Jeff Yaroch on March 12, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require the board of a school district or intermediate school district or a board of directors of a public school academy to ensure that a first aid response kit is installed and maintained in each school building operated by the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy. All members of a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy will be required to be trained on the use of maintenance of the first aid and response kit. A school administrator, teacher, or other school employee who in good faith uses a first aid and response kit in an emergency that threatens the life or health of a pupil is not liable in a criminal action or for civil damages except for cases of gross negligence.

Status: Introduced on March 12, 2019. MORE HERE


 

House Bill 4370 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Mary Whiteford on March 14, 2019.     

Summary: The bill will:

  • Require performance of a medical service involving vaginal or anal penetration to be included in a patient’s medical records, including records maintained by health facilities or agencies.

  • Require such records to be maintained for at least 15 years.

  • Establish administrative and criminal penalties for noncompliance regarding the required documentation of records.

  • Require both physician medical boards and the boards for chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to develop a document providing guidance on generally accepted standards of practice for services involving vaginal or anal penetration and require the document to be publicly available.

Status: Passed the House on September 19, 2019 with 106 Yeas and 3 Nays. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4371 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Roger Hauck on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill establishes criminal procedure and sentencing guidelines for the crime of intentionally failing to document certain services in a medical record and performing certain medical treatments on a minor without consent and another individual present. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4370 and Senate Bill 217, meaning that it cannot take effect unless both of those bills are enacted into law.

Status: Passed the House on September 19, 2019 with 105 Yeas and 4 Nays MORE HERE

 

 

House Bill 4372 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Annette Glenn on March 14, 2019.        

Summary: The bill will include a conviction for sexual penetration under the pretext of medical treatment in the list of grounds requiring sanctions to be imposed on a person licensed or registered under the Public Health Code. Sanctions can include denial, suspension, or revocation (including permanent revocation) of the license or registration; reprimand; fines; restitution; and community service. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4373.

Status: Passed the House on September 4, 2019 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4373 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Daire Rendon on March 14, 2019.     

Summary: The bill will require a health professional license or registration to be permanently revoked for a violation involving sexual penetration under the pretext of medical treatment. The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4372.

Status: Passed the House on September 4, 2019 with 108 Yeas and 1 Nay. MORE HERE

 

 

 

House Bill 4376 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Beth Griffin on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require the addition of athletic trainers to the list of mandatory reporters.

Status: Passed the House on June 19, 2019 with 106 Yeas and 3 Nays. MORE HERE

 

 

House Bill 4377 of 2019: Introduced by Representative Kristy Pagan on March 14, 2019.

Summary: The bill will require the creation of comprehensive training materials for individuals who are required to report suspected child abuse or child neglect. An employer must provide the training materials to that employee.

Status: Passed the House on June 19, 2019 with 109 Yeas and 0 Nays. MORE HERE

 

House Bill 4384 of 2019: Introduced by Representative LaTanya Garrett on March 14, 2019. 

Summary: The bill will require a licensee or registrant who is placed on probation to notify patients and clients, employers, and hospitals of the disciplinary action in the same manner as required for those whose license or registration has been revoked or suspended.

Status: Introduced on March 14, 2019. MORE HERE