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News & Announcements
Achieving Health Equity
As Family Physicians from Michigan and all across the country convene in Washington, DC, to meet with Congressional leaders to dicuss the issues that are impeding access to care, this Public News Service story on health equity is very timely.
The Board of Trustees of the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan—the philanthropic arm of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians—held its Annual Meeting on May 10, during which new officers and trustees were elected for 2017-2018.
At Michigan's Revenue Estimating Conference held May 17, state economists forecasted lower General Fund revenues but higher School Aid revenues, creating a quandary for appropriators who were budgeting for a possible tax cut or debt relief. The next step in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process is for conferees to be appointed to reconcile differences between the two chambers' measures.
MAFP Advocacy Committee Chair, Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP (Montague) testified before the Senate Health Policy Committee on May 16 a package of bills that are part of a multi-pronged legislative approach to address the opioid crisis in Michigan.
Meningitis B is a Killer but Preventable
MAFP Board Member and Family Physician Christopher Bush, MD, FAAFP (Riverview) stood with Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Director and Health Officer of the Wayne County Health, Veterans, and Community Wellness Department, and Alicia Stillman, the mother of a Kalamazoo College sophomore who lost her life to Meningitis B, at a press conference in Detroit on May 10 to urge high school students to protect themselves against the deadly, vaccine-preventable disease most often spread on college campuses and in communal settings.
Each year, the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan selects two residents and two students to serve as Michigan delegates at the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR) and National Congress of Student Members (NCSM), respectively.
To determine if you should participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, use the new 'Look Up' tool recently launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and watch for a participation status letter to arrive from CMS this month.
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee took up legislation on May 17 that would require physicians and other clinicians to, upon diagnosis of spina bifida, provide specified resources to patients.
As a partner in the Adult Immunization Multi-Stakeholder Initiative through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MAFP is engaged in multiple projects aimed at raising awareness among Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students about the importance of immunizing the adult population in our state, the barriers that exist and how to best communicate with patients about vaccines.
After approving their respective budgets on the floor, the Michigan House and Senate moved one step closer this week to finalizing the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget. The next step is for the two chambers to reconcile, in conference, the differences between their budgets. At this time, a June deadline for completion of the budget process remains within reach.