News & Announcements
A noted philosopher once shared, “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” This is applicable today, as the past six months have taught us valuable lessons about the necessity of community. Here are just six ways that exemplify how MAFP supports you, a valued member of our family medicine community.
Starting Oct. 5 through Nov. 6, physicians and other healthcare providers may apply for COVID-19 relief funding from a new $20 billion Provider Relief Fund Phase 3 General Distribution that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the pandemic.
Of the 3,500 eligible family medicine residents from across the country, only 12 are recognized with the annual AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. This year, two of the 12 individuals selected to receive this esteemed distinction—Ali Nasrallah, MD and Julie Thai, MD, MPH—are resident members of MAFP.
The University of Michigan School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine, with funding from the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research at the University of Michigan, is recruiting 50 rural primary care practices for a study that seeks to improve the early detection of and screening for preventable colorectal, cervical, and lung cancers throughout the rural parts of the State of Michigan.
With one week remaining until the Oct. 1 start of Fiscal Year 2020-2021, the Michigan Legislature passed a $62.8 billion ($10.6 billion General Fund) state budget this week during a process that was vastly different than those of years past. Among the programs funded is MIDOCS, an innovative loan repayment program that aims to attract and retain primary care physicians in underserved communities.
The Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 612, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. This legislation calls for reforming the prior authorization and step therapy process to ensure patients have access to the healthcare, medication, and treatment they need, when they need it.
In response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive directive, issued July 9, mandating that healthcare professionals undergo implicit bias training for medical licensure, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has convened a stakeholder workgroup to inform the rulemaking process. Initial workgroup meetings were held Aug. 26 and Sept. 26, with MAFP staff representing the family medicine perspective.
Through an education partnership with Davenport University, MAFP's new member-exclusive scholarship program will benefit not only Academy members, but also members’ employees and families. If you aspire to enhance your medical practice with an advanced degree—or strengthen your leadership and management skills—this program can help make your vision a reality.
Family medicine practices are being recruited for a new study conducted by the State Network of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners and the AAFP National Research Network comparing office-based, home induction, and observed telehealth methods for medication assisted treatment (MAT) in patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
CMS Withdraws MFAR Proposed Rule
On September 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services withdrew its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) rule, which would have implemented several measures to increase federal oversight of how states fund their Medicaid programs. These measures could have potentially led to billions of dollars of cuts to state Medicaid agencies in the middle of a pandemic.