News & Announcements
The Kids Access to Primary Care Act (H.R. 1025) is a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would help address Medicare- Medicaid payment disparities and the access-to-care barriers they create. The bill, among other provisions, calls for uplifting reimbursement for Medicaid primary care services to the Medicare payment rate floor. Primary care physicians are encouraged to contact their U.S. Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the Kids Access to Primary Care Act, and to support the bill when it comes up for a vote.
If you are an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) diplomate needing to complete your stage requirements by Dec. 31, 2021, you are encouraged to start taking action now rather than waiting until the last minute. ABFM's Continuous Certification Process is divided into continous 3-year stages. Within each stage, there are minimum requirements for Performance Improvement and Knowledge Self-assessment activities, as well as total points and CME credits. This article offers options for diplomates to consider, including attending upcoming Knowledge Self-Assessment virtual sessions offered by Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan in September and December.
On June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced the adoption of new administrative rules that, effective June 1, 2022, require implicit bias training for medical licensure and renewal in Michigan.
Effective June 1 are updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 emergency rules for workplaces that impact physician offices and other healthcare facilities and employers. These updates were announced this week alongside the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ new Gatherings and Face Mask Order that takes effect June 1 through July 1, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated recommendations.
With monoclonal antibody therapy proven to significantly help reduce COVID-19 symptoms and risk of hospitalization and death, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are calling on physicians to expand the number of infusion sites in the state. There are already many sites providing monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb) in at least 37 Michigan counties. The goal is for 50% of eligible high-risk Michiganders who test positive for COVID-19 to receive the therapy within 10 days of symptom onset.
On May 12, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference to outline the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts and announce its new push of distributing vaccine to primary care physicians, identified as key to reaching vaccine-hesitant Michiganders and vaccinating the newly eligible 12-15 year-old population. All primary care physicians are asked to enroll as vaccine providers, if they have not done so already, and e-order vaccine through the Michigan Care Improvement Registry. Speaking on behalf of the family medicine community during the press conference was Srikar Reddy, MD, FAAFP, president-elect of MAFP and a family physician affiliated with Ascension Health in South Lyon.
American Board of Family Medicine announced two initiatives that will help support Diplomates in their continuous board certification: moving the Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment from pilot to permancy, and launching a new and improved Physician Portfolio.
MI CARES Spotlight: Dr. Glenn Dregansky
MAFP Board Member Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP, describes his experience of becoming Addiction Medicine certified through the Practice Pathway program with assistance from MI CARES.
Following a single committee hearing, this week, the Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 247—the newest iteration of prior authorization reform that MAFP has been working on independently and collaboratively through the Health Can’t Wait Coalition. The Senate then moved swiftly, passing the bill on Apr. 29, sending it to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration. As SB 247 moves to the House, it is expected to receive a more lengthy debate, since this is the first prior authorization legislation considered by the chamber.
Both the House and Senate Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Sub-Committees passed their respective budgets, representing the Legislature's first drafts of the state's largest departmental budget. Due to points of difference between the House and Senate budget proposals, the bills will go before a joint conference committee, where members from each chamber will iron out the differences and provide a final MDHHS budget proposal. The MAFP advocacy team continues to meet with legislators and budget chairs as the process continues.