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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

ABFM Announces New Initiatives to Support Diplomates

American Board of Family Medicine announced two initiatives that will help support Diplomates in their continuous board certification: moving the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment from pilot to permancy, and launching a new and improved Physician Portfolio.

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MI CARES Spotlight: Dr. Glenn Dregansky

MAFP Board Member Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP, describes his experience of becoming Addiction Medicine certified through the Practice Pathway program with assistance from MI CARES.

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Prior Authorization Reform One Step Closer to Finalization

Following a single committee hearing, this week, the Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 247—the newest iteration of prior authorization reform that MAFP has been working on independently and collaboratively through the Health Can’t Wait Coalition. The Senate then moved swiftly, passing the bill on Apr. 29, sending it to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration. As SB 247 moves to the House, it is expected to receive a more lengthy debate, since this is the first prior authorization legislation considered by the chamber.

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Fiscal Year 2021-22 Michigan Budget Invests in MAFP Priorities

Both the House and Senate Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Sub-Committees passed their respective budgets, representing the Legislature's first drafts of the state's largest departmental budget. Due to points of difference between the House and Senate budget proposals, the bills will go before a joint conference committee, where members from each chamber will iron out the differences and provide a final MDHHS budget proposal. The MAFP advocacy team continues to meet with legislators and budget chairs as the process continues.

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