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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

2019 Match: What it Means for Family Medicine in Michigan

This year’s National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Match on March 15 was record-breaking on many different levels. Compared to previous years of the Match, this year saw increases in available first-year (PGY-1) resident positions, numbers of osteopathic programs offering positions and osteopathic medical school students and graduates submitting program preferences, number of U.S. allopathic medical school seniors, and match rates for both U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen international medical graduates. The 2019 Match also marked a decade of year-over-year growth for the Family Medicine specialty nationwideWhile analyzing national, state, and specialty-specific data is helpful in projecting healthcare workforce trends, it’s really the individual stories of soon-to-be Family Physicians that harness the excitement of the Match and for the future of Family Medicine.

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ABFM Launches Redesigned Website for Enhanced User Experience

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently redesigned its website at www.theabfm.org to make it easy to use and to serve as an informative resource for diplomates and patients. Redesign of ABFM’s online Physician Portfolio is now underway to better serve individual board-certified Family Physicians with their certification needs. 

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This Flu Season is Less Severe than the Last

Based on the first-ever in-season flu data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current flu season appears to be much milder than in 2017-2018. The reason? A more effective flu vaccine this year (47%) than last (40%) and the type of virus that is predominately circulating (H1N1 this year versus H3N2 last year). That’s not to say that this year’s flu strain is any less of a health threat. The CDC estimates that, from October 1, 2018, through March 16, 2019, there have been 28.5 million-32.8 million flu illnesses, 13.2 million-15.4 million flu medical visits, 375,000-454,000 flu hospitalizations, and 25,000-41,500 flu deaths. Flu activity is currently widespread in Michigan.

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Health Can't Wait

Getting advance approval from health plans for treatments, tests, medications, and devices is frustrating for physicians as they work with their patients to prevent, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic conditions. It’s equally trying for their staff, many of whom are hired with the sole purpose of submitting, tracking, and following up on—often multiple times over—approval requests. The real looser in this waiting game that’s known as prior authorization, however, is the patient. MAFP is optimistic that the new Health Can’t Wait campaign launching this spring will compel Michigan lawmakers and payers to take action. The initiative, spearheaded by Michigan State Medical Society in partnership with MAFP and a coalition of other associations, healthcare professionals, and patients, calls for putting patients first in addressing the prior authorization crisis.

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