News & Announcements
MAFP was honored to host Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director, at the January 15 Board meeting to learn about the department's priorities.
The Senate Health Policy & Human Services Committee is hosting a public hearing on prior authorization reform legislation (Senate Bill 612) on January 30. It is vital that we demonstrate a large, powerful, and prepared force on January 30. Having you in the room will make a different. Please RSVP to attend.
As 2019 winds down and we embark on a new year, please consider making a contribution to the Family Medicine Political Action Committee—the only PAC in Michigan that exclusively represents family medicine in the State Legislature.
MAFP Director of Communications, Dana Lawrence, has been appointed to serve as a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Commission on Membership and Member Services for a three-year term that began December 15, 2019.
Thanks in part to grants and contributions from organizations and the individual donors listed below, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan expended $151,000 in 2019 to further its work of advancing family medicine in Michigan.
Last week’s tentative fiscal year 2019-2020 state budget agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer was finalized this week. Included in the supplemental appropriations bill approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature on December 10 is the reappropriation of $573.5 million in funding that was line-item vetoed by the Governor in late September. Of particular importance to MAFP and family physicians is restored funding for critical access hospitals, rural hospitals, and the MIDOCS program.
MAFP Legislative Liaison Matt Black testified before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee on December 10 in opposition to legislation that, if passed, would establish new regulations for prescribing emotional support animals and punishments for failing to adhere to the regulations. As currently written, the bill includes a broad definition of healthcare providers who may prescribe emotional support animals; requires that a healthcare provider deliver a notarized statement, when requested, to the landlord of a patient for whom an emotional support animal is prescribed; and makes violating the bill a misdemeanor punishable by jail, fine, and/or community service.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced on December 11 that it has reached new 5-year value-based, performance-based, risk-based payment contracts with seven hospital systems and physician groups in southeast Michigan. Beginning January 1, ‘Blueprint for Affordability’ participants must meet agreed-upon annual cost targets or pay penalties. The goal is to contain healthcare costs and improve quality of care.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Immunization recognized practices in Michigan for reaching or exceeding immunization criteria in four categories: pediatric vaccine series, pediatric seasonal influenza, adolescent vaccine series, and adolescent seasonal influenza. Congratulations to the following MAFP members whose practices were recognized during MDHHS’ 2019 fall regional immunization conferences.
Funding for MIDOCS and rural hospitals in the state's Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget hang in the balance, as negotiations between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leadership are put in hold for the hunting and Thanksgiving break. Central to the debate is the Governor's constitutional authority to shift money from one program to another using the State Administrative Board. MAFP continues to advocate for restoration of funding for the MIDOCS program and rural hospitals.