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News & Announcements
The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 appropriations recommendation of the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services calls for level funding of MAFP's main budget priorities, including the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, Healthy Michigan, and the Medicaid Primary Care Fee Uplift.
On April 11, the Michigan House of Representatives introduced a multi-bill package aimed at addressing the layers of failures that ultimately led to the rampant sexual abuse committed by Michigan State University sports medicine physician, Larry Nassar, DO. Included in the package are two pieces of legislation of particular impact to physicians.
On March 27, MAFP hosted a Member Mixer for a small group of Family Medicine residents in Novi to learn how they would like their Academy to support them through residency and beyond.
As Michigan continues to combat a hepatitis A outbreak that began in southeast Michigan and has now spread to more than 30 counties, Family Physicians are asked to continue partnering in the statewide effort to stop the outbreak.
Family Physicians have become increasingly encumbered by administrative tasks, not least of which include American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification process, better known as Maintenance of Certification. There are steps we can take at the state level to mitigate the burden imposed by MOC. To help the Academy better advocate on your behalf, please answer a few questions related to your experience with MOC.
At noon on March 16, graduating seniors at Michigan’s six allopathic medical schools (and all across the country) held their future in their hands as they unsealed envelopes, revealing where they will spend the next three to six years for residency training.
The Michigan Senate Competitiveness Committee debated legislation that would implement work requirements for “able-bodied” individuals receiving Medicaid benefits, for the purpose of “preparing an able-bodied adult for a life of self-sufficiency and independence from government interference”. MAFP registered an opposing position to the introduced bill, in part due to consequences of cutting off a segment of the Medicaid-eligible population from access to primary care.
On March 20, the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously approved legislation that would clarify the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship to allow physicians to delegate the evaluation of a patient (which is necessary for the required prescriber-patient relationship to exist at the time an initial prescription or refill is being sought by a patient) to another licensed health care provider.
A poll commissioned by the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) shows voters, regardless of political affiliation, solidly support legislation enabling a court to order removal of a person's firearms if that person is deemed a danger to themselves or others.
On March 14, the Michigan House Health Policy Committee debated and adopted legislation that would clarify a new state law (Public Act 247) requiring “a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship” when a controlled substance is being prescribed. MAFP supported the bill as the amended definition of bona fide relationship addresses concerns regarding covering physicians and delegation to licensed allied health professionals.