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Committee Assignments, Introduction of Priority Bills Kick Off New Legislative Session
01/19/2023

Following the first session day of the 102nd Michigan Legislature, House and Senate committee assignments were announced and priority bills were introduced. Of note, the Senate split the previous Health Policy & Human Services Committee, creating a Health Policy Committee and a separate Housing & Human Services Committee; in the House, a Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Health Policy Committee was established; and initial bills focused on income tax reform, repealing the 1931 abortion ban, adding sexual orientation and gender identify to the Elliot-Larsen Civil Right Act, revising the presidential primary election date, and establishing the framework for impending supplemental appropriations bills.

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Family Medicine Advocacy Gearing Up for Busy Start to New Legislative Session
01/05/2023

During her inauguration speech on Jan. 1, Gov. Whitmer hinted at her upcoming policy priorities, namely taking action on climate change and common-sense gun reforms and helping working families with the rising costs of goods and services. Next up, the 2023-2024 Michigan Legislature will convene for its first session day on Jan. 11, Gov. Whitmer will deliver her fifth State of the State address on Jan. 25, and she will release her Executive Budget proposal in February. Meanwhile, MAFP is continuing to advocate for family medicine and prepare advocates for the 2023 Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day on March 22.

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Advocacy and Leadership Development Program Strengthens Family Medicine Champions
12/22/2022

Fourteen members selected from a competitive application process participated in MAFP’s 2022 Advocacy and Leadership Development Program designed to enhance members’ leadership and advocacy skills as well as media and government relations.

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MAFP Provides State-mandated CME for Members
12/22/2022

To support family physicians and continue our ongoing work of advancing family medicine, MAFP hosted a free live webinar to help members meet the State of Michigan’s implicit bias CME requirement for medical licensure. Check out our offerings of other webinars on the state-mandated training topics of pain and symptom management, medical ethics, and human trafficking.

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Medicare Physician Payment Reduction Included in End-of-year Spending Bill
12/22/2022

A $1.7 trillion year-end spending bill is working its way through Congress, which includes a 2% reduction in the 2023 Medicare conversion factor. Both chambers are expected to pass the bill no later than Friday, so Pres. Biden can sign it into law before the Dec. 23 government funding deadline.
 

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Demystifying Michigan's Implicit Bias Training Mandate
12/08/2022

To help family physicians earn CME credit for meeting the implicit bias training mandate, MAFP is hosting the live, 1-hour webinar, Understanding Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, on Dec. 13. Plus, we've outlined details about the mandate, to answer some of the most common questions we've received from members.

 

 

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ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Members of Congress to Stop Looming Medicare Payment Cut
12/08/2022

The 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule includes a significant reduction in the conversion factor that will result in approximately 4.5% in payment cuts for all Part B clinicians. Congress must take action before Jan. 1, 2023, to avert the entire 4.5% cut from going into effect.  

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Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Investments are Advancing Your Specialty
11/29/2022

As a charitable, non-profit, public organization, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan relies on donations to support its mission of advancing the family medicine specialty in our state. The greater the donations, the larger the impact FMFM can make on advancing your specialty.

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2022 Midterm Election Bucks Trends, Tees Up a Quiet Lame Duck
11/10/2022

In the first election since independent redistricting of all Michigan state and federal districts was finalized, democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General Dana Nessel were reelected for their second term, and Democrats won enough races to take control of both the Michigan House and Senate. This is the first time since the 1982 election in Michigan that Democrats will have the majority across all branches of state government.

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Beaumont-Wayne Family Medicine Residency Celebrates 50 Years
10/28/2022

Residents, graduates, current and former faculty and staff, and specialist colleagues and supporters of Beaumont-Wayne Family Medicine Residency gathered on Sept. 24 to celebrate the program’s 50 years of excellence in family medicine education. Accredited in 1971 as Michigan’s fourth family medicine residency program and the first in the state’s southeast region, Beaumont-Wayne began shortly after family medicine was recognized as a specialty in 1969.

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