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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

Thank You 2019 Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Donors

Thanks in part to grants and contributions from organizations and the individual donors listed below, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan expended $151,000 in 2019 to further its work of advancing family medicine in Michigan.

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MIDOCS Funding Restored in Final State Budget Deal

Last week’s tentative fiscal year 2019-2020 state budget agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer was finalized this week. Included in the supplemental appropriations bill approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature on December 10 is the reappropriation of $573.5 million in funding that was line-item vetoed by the Governor in late September. Of particular importance to MAFP and family physicians is restored funding for critical access hospitals, rural hospitals, and the MIDOCS program.

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MAFP Testifies on Emotional Support Animal Legislation

MAFP Legislative Liaison Matt Black testified before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee on December 10 in opposition to legislation that, if passed, would establish new regulations for prescribing emotional support animals and punishments for failing to adhere to the regulations. As currently written, the bill includes a broad definition of healthcare providers who may prescribe emotional support animals; requires that a healthcare provider deliver a notarized statement, when requested, to the landlord of a patient for whom an emotional support animal is prescribed; and makes violating the bill a misdemeanor punishable by jail, fine, and/or community service.

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BCBSM Announces New ‘Blueprint for Affordability’

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced on December 11 that it has reached new 5-year value-based, performance-based, risk-based payment contracts with seven hospital systems and physician groups in southeast Michigan. Beginning January 1, ‘Blueprint for Affordability’ participants must meet agreed-upon annual cost targets or pay penalties. The goal is to contain healthcare costs and improve quality of care.

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2020 MI Family Medicine Advocacy Day
February 25, 2020
Lansing, MI
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