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News & Announcements
Preparing for MIPS: The Countdown is On
October 2 is the last date to begin collecting data for full participation in the Quality Payment Program's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the 2017 transition year. Are you ready?
Patients trust you to give them the best counsel on how to protect their health. You know that immunization is an important preventive measure—but it’s unlikely that getting vaccinated is on the radar for your adult patients. Your strong recommendation is critical in ensuring that they get the vaccines they need to help them stay healthy.
The location of the 2017 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo, held on Mackinac Island in July, provided a beautiful backdrop for this year’s gathering of Family Physicians in Michigan. It also prompted MAFP staff to sift through the archives to learn about the history of healthcare on the island and the opportunity for third-year residents to complete a Family Medicine rotation during the tourist season.
The first cohort of MAFP's new Practice Management Committee began its two-year term in July. It is charged with providing advisory support for Academy efforts to address Family Physician practice management issues through, among other things, third-party payer advocacy.
Providence Family Medicine Residency Program Director Karen Mitchell, MD, FAAFP (Southfield) was recently interviewed by Michigan News Connection about the critical importance of getting more medical students to choose Family Medicine and possible solutions for increasing residency opportunities.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is seeking public comment on proposed changes aimed at strengthening the Healthy Michigan Plan's capacity to encourage behavior change. Any MAFP members wishing to provide comments on the proposed changes can submit them to the Medical Services Administration by September 13, 2017.
Over the past few weeks, several happenings have taken place the federal and state level aimed at combating the opioid crisis across the U.S. and Michigan. Namely, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national crisis and Governor Snyder issued an Executive Order to establish the Council on Opioid and Prescription Drug Enforcement.
In case you missed the Academy’s previous coverage in Michigan Family Physician and Family Medicine Update of changes to Michigan Board of Medicine rules governing continuing medical education that went into effect on December 6, 2016, click to read highlights.
On July 28, during the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Interest Group was one just 10 FMIGs from across the country to be recognized by the AAFP FMIG Network with a Program of Excellence Award.
The bipartisan House CARES Task Force is seeking input on how to improve mental health services in Michigan. The information gathered will help develop legislation to reform mental health services across the state to address veterans' care, substance abuse treatment, mental health courts and training for law enforcement.