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.
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Nearing the final step of the bona fide prescriber-patient rule making process, Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) submitted, on August 31, its proposed rule (JCAR 18-31) to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). MAFP testified in support of this rule during the public comment period in May, as it more clearly defines the bona fide relationship and provides guidance for exceptions.
Inform. Monitor. Document. That is the call to action Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, JD puts forth for every Family Physician and member of the healthcare team in the battle against the opioid epidemic. Nationally recognized as a game-changer in combating the epidemic, Judge Jodi shared her multi-disciplinary approach as the featured speaker of the five-city “Legalities & Realities: Michigan Opioid Laws to Live By” CME tour hosted by Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan.
This week during National Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week (September 16-21, 2018), the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive 70-bill package aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. Among the many provisions are allowing physicians to discuss opioid alternative pain medication with Medicare beneficiaries, providing funding for the National Institutes of Health to develop non-addictive pain medication, and improving access to treatment programs for substance use disorder.
Continuation of Healthy Michigan, the state's expanded Medicaid program, hinges on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' approval of an amended waiver that Governor Rick Snyder submitted to the agency on September 10.
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