The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is excited to offer the latest in news and announcments from the Academy and our many partners, collaborators, colleagues, and friends. Whether it be communicating the latest updates in Family Medicine or raising awareness of the value and importance of Family Medicine to the general public, we are committed to the highest quality of news at your fingertips.
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News & Announcements
Federal funding for the critical Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) lapsed on September 30, elevating the uncertainty as to the future of this critical program. MAFP members are encouraged to SPEAK OUT to urge Governor Rick Snyder to put pressure on Congress to stand up for Michigan's children by enacting a long-term CHIP funding extension.
The Board of Directors of MAFP's political fundraising arm, Family Medicine Political Action Committee, convened its annual meeting on November 15. The nine-member body elected new officers; thanked outgoing Chairman Angelo Patsalis, MD, FAAFP for his leadership; and diCsussed the 2018 election, fundraising strategies, the Academy's priority advocacy issues as delineated by the MAFP Advocacy Committee.
Governor Snyder Signs MI-POST Into Law
On November 8, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 154 of 2017, which, requires creation of a Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form and establishes a legal framework associated with the process of executing and honoring the form.
MAFP Celebrates Power of Rural
In celebration of National Rural Health Day 2017—an observance held on the third Thursday of November each year—MAFP is proud to recognize the quality of care, innovation, and dedication of Family Physicians and other healthcare professionals serving the health needs of rural residents across the state. More than 1.7 million Michiganders live in a rural community; for many, their Family Physician is their sole source of care.
As 2017 comes to a close, please consider investing in the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan. Your fully tax-deductible donation will impact the Foundation's ability to offer CME for practicing physicians, support residents throughout their training, and provide medical students with opportunities to explore the unique qualities of your chosen specialty. It is through this work that FMFM and donors like you are impacting the future of Family Medicine.
During the week of November 6, the Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee considered and passed legislation that would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons in "gun-free zones." Per policy that MAFP members approved in 2014, the Academy opposes "legislation that would allow concealed weapons to be carried into self-designated 'gun-free' zones, including hospitals and healthcare facilities."
This year's AAFP State Legislative Conference—November 2-4 in Dallas, Texas—was particularly special for MAFP, as its extensive work on advanced practice registered nurse scope of practice legislation garnered the 2017 Leadership in State Government Advocacy Award.
During the week of October 30, the long-standing debate over reforming the state's auto no-fault system stalled as the House of Representatives, by a vote of 45-63, defeated House Bill 5013. This leaves open for speculation the fate of the state's no-fault system, as most acknowledge the debate is not over.
The Great American Smokeout is an annual campaign of the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to begin making a plan to quit, or planning in advance to quit smoking that day. AAFP offers resources for Family Physicians to share with their patients who are preparing to quit smoking, including an online toolkit and interactive patient quizzes on FamilyDoctor.org.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched two new initiatives--Meaningful Measures and Patients Over Paperwork--designed to reduce regulatory burdens that, as Administrator Seema Verma, MPH said are ‘destroying the doctor-patient relationship.’