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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

New Research Shows the Opioid Crisis May be Far from Over

New research published in JAMA Network Open shows that the opioid crisis is far from over in the U.S., as reported by AAFP. In fact, based on a mathematical model researchers developed from data garnered from several sources, there is evidence that the crisis may get worse before it gets better. What’s needed to turn the tide, concluded the researchers, is a multi-pronged strategy.

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Family Medicine is the Specialty of Choice in Final DO Match

Thirty-four percent of graduating osteopathic medical students were accepted into Family Medicine residency programs in the final American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program on February 4. Beginning in 2020, when the five-year transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education is complete, most osteopathic and allopathic medical school seniors and graduates will seek residency placement through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s National Resident Matching Program, commonly referred to as “The Match.”

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New Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Appointment of MDHHS Director Robert Gordon

On February 14, the newly formed Senate Advice and Consent Committee held a hearing on the nomination and appointment of Robert Gordon as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Topics of discussion included, among other things, Governor Gretchen Whitmer's intent to work with the legislature on making changes to Healthy Michigan work requirements, improving health outcomes for infants, addressing the opioid crisis, integrating behavioral and physical health, and improving long-term care.

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Virtual Care Utilization is on the Rise

Results of an Accenture survey show that utilization of virtual care is on the rise. Twenty-nine percent of all adult patients surveyed report they have used virtual care, compared to 21% in 2017. Virtual care preference and utilization are highest among millennials, who are beginning to represent the largest group of healthcare consumers, followed by generation Z patients. To help you prepare for this shift to technology-based care, a session on telemedicine is being offered on Friday, August 5 during the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek in Bellaire.

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