News & Announcements
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, local health departments, and Academy continue to monitor an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has spread to other locations globally.
e-Prescribing Bills Pass State Legislature
The Michigan Legislature sent three bills to the Governor's desk this week that require physicians to send all prescriptions, including those for controlled substances, to the pharmacy electronically.
As state legislators head to their home districts for the summer recess, the largest outstanding item on the legislative agenda is the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 state budget that must be approved by Oct. 1. MAFP continues to advocate for investing in primary care workforce initiatives, as well as reforming the prior authorization process. SB 612, which aims to bring consistency and transparency to the prior authorization process, took a back seat as the Legislature focused on COVID-19 related issues this spring and summer.
The Safe Schools–Healthy Students Act (Senate Bills 979-981), introduced on June 23 by state Senator Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing), extends proof of immunization requirements to students entering 12th grade. Currently, state law requires that parents provide proof of vaccinations before children enter kindergarten, 7th grade, or before they enter school for the first time.
In Remembrance: Lynn S. Gray, MD, MPH, FAAFP
MAFP is sad to share that Lynn Gray, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Berrien Springs) passed away on June 13. Since first joining the Academy in 1978, Dr. Gray was actively engaged and served in many leadership positions to advance his specialty and support his peers across the state. Among the Academy positions he held throughout his career were 2006-2007 MAFP President, MAFP Board Member, and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Trustee. A virtual memorial service will be held for Dr. Gray on Sunday, June 21, at 1 pm ET.
On June 11, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would make telemedicine and remote patient monitoring fully available to Medicaid beneficiaries, increasing access to care for this population of Michigan residents. House Bills 5412-5416 were previously passed by the House and are now headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be signed into law.
Delivering COVID-19 healthcare services and participating in professional enrichment activities to learn how to best provide care during the emergency may qualify for continuing medical education credits.
Now available on MAFP’s website is a toolkit designed to help family medicine residency programs develop an advocacy and health policy curriculum. “Advocacy is believed to be inherent within the specialty of family medicine, but the tools and resources to advocate for and effect change in healthcare at the policy level are not readily accessible, especially in resource-limited communities,” said Julie Thai, MD, MPH, co-author of the curriculum.
Beginning Friday, May 29, healthcare professionals in Michigan may resume providing nonessential healthcare services as outlined in Executive Order 2020-96. MAFP joined our partners at the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Michigan Psychiatric Society in urging Michiganders to not delay seeking necessary care.
Members whose practices are in the flood zone and have experienced uninsured losses due to this natural disaster are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 from AAFP Foundation.