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
The MAFP Board of Directors has appointed five members to represent Michigan as delegates to American Academy of Family Physicians' 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), Apr. 28-30, in Kansas City, Missouri. Each delegate will propose, discuss, and vote on resolutions through the lens of their member constituency: interntional medical graduates, LGBT physicians/allies, minority physicians, new physicians, women physicians.
Over the 2021-2022 holiday break, several notable COVID-19 updates were announced, of which family physicians should be aware. Read on for information about the CDC not changing the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated, the expansion of COVID-19 booster recommendations to 12- through 17-year-olds, reissuance of the healthcare facility staff vaccination mandate in 25 states, including Michigan, and new isolation and quarantine guidance.
When the Michigan Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 12, several health-related bills will be carried over from last year to continue their potential movement through the legislative process. Tops on Michigan Academy of Family Physicians' advocacy radar is legislation that would impact the practice environment and the delivery of and access to care. Read on for a summary of the status of bills calling for reforming the prior authorization process, expanding scope of practice for non-physicians, and requiring that physicians complete additional state-mandated continuing education courses. The MAFP advocacy team has done a tremendous amount of work in 2021 to advance or oppose these bills, and will continue to do so in this new year. Stay tuned for information on these and other health-related bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature in 2022.
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is accepting, through Jan. 14, members’ written testimony (250-word maximum) on resolutions (member login required) currently before Congress of Delegates. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians put forth three resolutions passed by the membership at the 2021 Annual Meeting. The written testimony will be collated for each resolution and shared virtually with the respective Congress of Delegates reference committee. Virtual reference committee hearings will be held Jan 22-23, with reference committee reports available on Jan. 25. In-person meetings of the 2021 Congress of Delegates Regular Session, scheduled for Feb. 5-6 in Kansas City, Missouri, have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Member to Member Webinar: Family Medicine Outside the Hospital and Clinic
February 16, 2022
Member to Member Webinar: How to Advocate Before the Legislature
March 16, 2022
For MAFP Members
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