Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the state’s largest specialty physician association. With more than 4,200 members, MAFP is dedicated to assisting family physicians and their practices as they work to ensure high-quality, cost-effective healthcare for patients of all ages.
News & Announcements
A federal bill to increase the number of Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME) positions by 14,000 (half for primary care physicians, half for other specialists) over the next seven years is gaining Congressional support. The measure also would lift the cap on the number of GME slots at qualifying hospitals, giving preference to hospitals in several areas.
AAFP Board of Directors approved recommendations put forth by the Commission on Membership and Member Services and Commission on Continuing Professional Development, to eliminate the requirement that active members complete 25 live continuing medical education (CME) credits.
On Sept. 30, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury and the Office of Personnel Management issued an interim final rule with comment period to further implement the No Surprises Act – a consumer protection law that helps curb the practice of surprise medical billing. A stakeholder briefing on the interim rule is taking place on Oct. 4, 2 pm ET. AAFP expresses strong support for patient protections and calls for sharper focus on administrative simplification.
Per the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation, Pfizer (not J&J or Moderna) vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot if they are 65 years and older; 18+ who have underlying medical conditions; 18+ who work in high-risk settings (includes physicians and other healthcare professionals); and 18+ who live in high-risk settings.
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