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Meet Michigan's 2022 NCCL Delegation
01/07/2022

The MAFP Board of Directors has appointed five members to represent Michigan as delegates to American Academy of Family Physicians' 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), Apr. 28-30, in Kansas City, Missouri. Each delegate will propose, discuss, and vote on resolutions through the lens of their member constituency: interntional medical graduates, LGBT physicians/allies, minority physicians, new physicians, women physicians.

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COVID-19 Updates: ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Definition, Booster Recommendation Expansion, Status of Vaccine Mandates, and New Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
01/07/2022

Over the 2021-2022 holiday break, several notable COVID-19 updates were announced, of which family physicians should be aware. Read on for information about the CDC not changing the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated, the expansion of COVID-19 booster recommendations to 12- through 17-year-olds, reissuance of the healthcare facility staff vaccination mandate in 25 states, including Michigan, and new isolation and quarantine guidance.

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Prior Authorization, Scope of Practice, State-mandated Training on Radar As Michigan Legislature Reconvenes Jan. 12
01/07/2022

When the Michigan Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 12, several health-related bills will be carried over from last year to continue their potential movement through the legislative process. Tops on Michigan Academy of Family Physicians' advocacy radar is legislation that would impact the practice environment and the delivery of and access to care. Read on for a summary of the status of bills calling for reforming the prior authorization process, expanding scope of practice for non-physicians, and requiring that physicians complete additional state-mandated continuing education courses. The MAFP advocacy team has done a tremendous amount of work in 2021 to advance or oppose these bills, and will continue to do so in this new year. Stay tuned for information on these and other health-related bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature in 2022.

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AAFP Accepting Written Testimony on Proposed Resolutions
01/07/2022

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is accepting, through Jan. 14, members’ written testimony (250-word maximum) on resolutions (member login required) currently before Congress of Delegates. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians put forth three resolutions passed by the membership at the 2021 Annual Meeting. The written testimony will be collated for each resolution and shared virtually with the respective Congress of Delegates reference committee. Virtual reference committee hearings will be held Jan 22-23, with reference committee reports available on Jan. 25. In-person meetings of the 2021 Congress of Delegates Regular Session, scheduled for Feb. 5-6 in Kansas City, Missouri, have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

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CMS 2022 Medicare Payment Rate Effective Jan. 1
01/07/2022

As a result of the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act signed into law by Pres. Biden on Dec. 10, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new payment rates for the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule. The Medicare conversion factor (i.e., the amount Medicare pays per relative value unit) is now $34.6062—less than in 2021 but more than what CMS planned to implement before passage of S. 610. The bill also postpones Medicare sequester cuts, thanks in large part to the advocacy of your Academy, and updates clinical labor pricing.

 

 

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Preparing for Regular Session of Congress of Delegates
12/10/2021

As the 2021 Congress of Delegates prepares to convene in February to take up the policy-making business of AAFP, members will have between Jan. 5 and Jan. 14 to submit written testimony on resolutions through the COD online community housed on the AAFP website. MAFP has put forth four resolutions for COD's consideration, as passed by the membership at the 2021 MAFP Annual Meeting in July. All chapter resolutions will be available for viewing in the COD online community after Dec. 31.

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MAFP Opposes Mandated Training on Lead Poisoning Identification and Treatment
12/10/2021

This week, MAFP asked members to contact their state representative to urge a “no” vote against legislation that calls for mandating all licensed medical professionals take continuing medical education courses on lead poisoning identification and treatment. MAFP has publicly opposed House Bill 5414 by submitting a card of opposition to the committee and a letter to the chair and committee members. While MAFP supports and encourages evidence-based blood lead screening that is age and risk appropriate, as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the Academy opposes this additional CME mandate because physicians are already committed to providing quality care, which includes evidence-based, targeted blood lead screening of high-risk children as clinically recommended.

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SEMAFP Donates $5K to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan in Memory of Dr. Patsalis
12/09/2021

The Board of Directors of the Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (SEMAFP) donated $5,000 to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (FMFM) in memory of Angelo Patsalis, MD, FAAFP, who was a major supporter and past president of both organizations. Dr. Patsalis tragically passed away in Apr. 2020 due to complications from COVID-19 early in the pandemic. The donation will be used to benefit SEMAFP physician and resident members, as well as student members attending medical school in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

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Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Invests in Primary Care, Despite Cut in Medicare Payments
11/12/2021

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule on Nov. 2, which includes many positives for family physicians and patients that take effect Jan. 1, 2022, unless otherwise specified. Among the provisions are updates to telemedicine, vaccine administration, e-prescribing, and clinical labor pricing. On the negative side, the rule establishes a nearly 4% cut to fee-for-service Medicare payments. Members are urged to contact their members of Congress to stop this cut that endangers physician practices and ultimately patient access to care.

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MAFP on New Scope Bill: NPs Should be Part of, Not Independent From, the Physician-led Care Team
10/29/2021

Legislation was recently introduced in the Michigan Senate that, if passed, would grant full autonomy to nurse practitioners in the state. Among the provisions of Senate Bill 680 are allowing NPs, without undergoing additional training or education, to care for patients absent of physician supervision or collaboration, and to prescribe opioids and other controlled substances. The MAFP advocacy team is meeting with the primary sponsor of the bill to advocate that NPs should be part of the care team, not independent from it, to ensure patient safety and continuity of care through preserving the patient-physician relationship.

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