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News & Announcements
On behalf of family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students across the state, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2018 Friend of Family Medicine Award to David Neff, DO, on February 20, 2018.
With another looming deadline, the U.S. House and the Senate took action this week in an effort to avert yet another government shutdown and extend funding for several vital healthcare programs whose futures hang in the balance.
Altarum, in joint-providership with Michigan Medicine, is offering training and support tools to improve responsible opioid prescribing, patient education, and prescription tracking. Eligible clinicians will be able to earn 30-50 Continuing Medical Education (CME) and 20-25 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credits for successfully completing two linked Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles of data guided quality improvement. Participation also meets the pain management specific CME requirements now mandated in Michigan for re-licensure.
MAFP, STFM Seek Your Insight on Precepting
MAFP hosted its first Member Mixer of 2018 at the home of George Mogill, MD, FAAFP in Bloomfield Hills on January 28 to provide a small group of members from Southeast Michigan the opportunity to get to know each other better in an informal and fun atmosphere. A portion of the two-hour Member Mixer focused on a precepting discussion sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). Please take a few minutes to share your perception of and experience with precepting by answering a few questions.
Governor Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2019 budget on February 7, which focused on Michigan's ongoing comeback. Of the proposed $56.8 billion, he recommends $25.2 billion (an increase of 0.6% over last year's budget) in total funding for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Regarding MAFP's policy priorities, the Governor's proposal is largely consistent with previous years, keeping level funding for the State Loan Repayment Program, Medicaid primary care fee uplift, and Graduate Medical Education.
Congress Ends Shutdown, Reauthorizes CHIP
Congress' approval of a short-term spending measure on January 22 ended the government shutdown that had begun just a few days prior. It includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, but fails to address funding for several other critical healthcare programs, including the Federally Qualified Health Centers program, National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program.
Governor Rick Snyder delivered his eighth and final State of the State address before a joint convention of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate on January 23, during which he touched on Healthy Michigan, expansion of the Healthy Kids Dental program, and addressing the state’s opioid epidemic. As has become an annual tradition, a delegation of MAFP leadership and staff attended pre-State of the State events at the Capitol to meet with key legislative leaders and start off the new year with a strong presence downtown.
Meet Your New FMPAC Chair
Mary Sharp, MD (East Lansing) was recently confirmed as the 2017-2018 Family Medicine Political Action Committee (FMPAC) Chairman. She is looking forward to sharing the importance of having a voice in the political arena, and she welcomes outreach and feedback from members willing to step up and support the work of FMPAC.
Congress Debates Short-term Spending Bill
Congress continued debate this week around the short-term spending bill set to expire on January 19. Among the discussions around the package has been the fate of federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Teaching Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and the National Health Service Corps.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as PFCs, have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an emerging contaminant. PFAS contamination has been identified in several locations across Michigan as a result of use in multiple industries. The state is taking action through coordination with local and federal officials to address the issue. Part of the response will include support from physicians who see patients who have been exposed or suspect they have been exposed to PFAS.