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When the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education hosts its annual Educational Conference next March in Orlando, Florida, it will honor Tsveti Markova, MD, FAAFP, Wayne State University School of Medicine's Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, with the distinguished Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award.
In follow-up to the State of Michigan's Chief Medical Exeuctive receiving authority earlier this year to issue a standing order as a method for providing naloxone, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released guidance this week on billing claims for naloxone dispensed through a standing order.
The Michigan House of Representatives passed, on October 10, two bills that would enter Michigan into a compact with 22 other member states and provide for an expedited licensure process. While the Academy did not take a position on the legislation, some physician groups have expressed concerns with the compacts requirements, while supporters have highlighted benefits the compact would bring.
In response to the AAFP Credit System's recent call for comments on the eligibility of functional medicine topics for CME credit, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan's Professional Development Committee submitted feedback supporting a moratorium that is currently in place until 2018.
SPEAK OUT! Tell your state representative that, as written, Senate Bills 166/167 and Senate Bill 274 could have a detrimental effect on patient access to legitimate pain medication and create an unnecessary administrative burden on prescribers.
On October 4, key committees in the U.S. House and Senate passed separate bills that would reauthorize federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), after failing to reauthorize the program by the September 30 deadline. How each chamber will ultimately reconcile the differences between the proposals remains unknown, leaving the future of the program hanging in the balance.
On September 27, MAFP Advocacy Committee Vice Chairman Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP (Kalamazoo) testified before the Michigan House Health Policy Committee on the opioid epidemic and the state’s response to the growing public health crisis.
The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act stalled in the U.S. Senate this week. Newly-elected AAFP President Mike Munger, MD praised U.S. Senators who opposed the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and called on Congress to move forward in a bipartisan fashion to fix what isn’t working in the current law. MAFP President Loretta Leja, MD thanked Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters for continuing to fight for affordable coverage and access to healthcare for the people of Michigan.