News & Announcements
In response to President Trump's healthcare remarks during his State of the Union address on Feb. 5, AAFP thanked him for acknowledging the high cost of prescription drugs and the importance of Americans having affordable, innovative, high-quality healthcare. AAFP's statement also pointed out that healthcare coverage doesn't help, however, if individuals can't afford medications and treatments, and affirmed its commitment to ensuring that all patients have to needed care and affordable coverage.
Gov. Whitmer's Fiscal Year 2021 state budget proposal, presented before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Feb. 6, includes investments in addressing the opioid crisis, building a social determinants of health infrastructure, and developing a new Healthy Moms, Healthy babies program aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality, among other healthcare initiatives. It also proposes one-time, five-year funding for 48 residency positions MIDOCS.
Over the past year, security breaches in the U.S. increased 11%, with 91% being the result of phishing. Nearly four out of ﬁve breaches involved a healthcare professional or organization, affecting one in every 10 healthcare consumer. Whether your practice is big or small, or you are independent or employed by a large hospital or academic system, you are equally at risk for a cyberattack. Knowing what a cyberattack looks like, how to prevent it, and what to do if you are a victim is critical.
As the Michigan Legislature considers legislation to reform the prior authorization process, your voice is needed! Please contact your state lawmakers today to urge them to #FixPriorAuth by supporting Senate Bill 612, because #HealthCantWait.
MAFP signed on to a letter that AAFP is circulating among chapters, urging Congress to immediately reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. The program is currently being maintained by short-term funding that expires on May 22. AAFP warns that delaying the long-term reauthorization could undermine the residency match process, and it is hearing from residency directors that the delays are impacting their programs. The Academy is pushing Congress to take action before the February 26 Rank Order List deadline, and we need your help!
As the American Board of Family Medicine seeks to continually enhance the value of family medicine certification activities, it is retiring the Clinical Self-Assessment. The last day to start a CSA is Feb. 15; the last day to complete a CSA is March 17. Meanwhile, family physicians whose 10-year certification examination requirement is due before Dec. 31, 2020, have the option to begin participating in the one-day Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment in the first quarter. The last day to begin a new FMCLA application is March 2.
As the coronavirus continues to escalate globally and additional cases are confirmed in the U.S., Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has activated its Community Health Emergency Coordination Center to support local and state response to the infectious disease. Also of note this week, Detroit Metropolitan Airport was made a 2019-nCoV screening location, the CDC published a report to summarize what is known about coronavirus as of Feb. 4 and update interim clinical guidance, and The ECRI Institute developed its Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center containing information and resources to help hospitals protect healthcare personnel and patients.
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 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, but has spread to other locations globally.
Based on MCIR data, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is sending letters to parents of 8-month to 8-year-old children across the state who are overdue for their second dose of flu vaccine for the 2019-2020 flu season. MDHHS requests that physicians have sufficient flu vaccine supply on hand and to familiarize themselves with the flu vaccine 2-dose algorithm to prepare for answering questions from parents.
Amidst a standing room only gallery, the Michigan Senate Health Policy & Human Services Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 612, legislation to reform the prior authorization process.